Meaning of “poison-pen letter” in the English Dictionary

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"poison-pen letter" in British English

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poison-pen letternoun [ C ]

uk /ˌpɔɪ.zənˈpen ˌlet.ər/ us /ˌpɔɪ.zənˈpen 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)

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