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poison-pen letternoun [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 them
(Definition of poison-pen letter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “poison-pen letter”
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶意中伤的信, 匿名诽谤信…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡意中傷的信, 匿名誹謗信…
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