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English definition of “poison-pen letter”

poison-pen letter

noun [C] uk   /ˌpɔɪ.zənˈpenˌlet.ər/ us    /-ˌlet̬.ɚ/
a letter in which very unkind or unpleasant things are written about the person it is sent to, in order to offend or upset themLetters, notes and cardsPaper and stationery
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