kiss of death definition

  • noun:
    • Something Which is finally ruinous, destructive, or fatal: "Divorce was once a political kiss of demise” ( Ellen Goodman).
    • A kiss in the cheek that signifies the death of the receiver, as delivered by a mob supervisor or one with such impact.
    • something which may seem good and favorable but which in fact brings damage to hopes, programs, etc.
    • something that is ruinous

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