Meaning of “poisoned chalice” in the English Dictionary


(Definition of “poisoned chalice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poisoned chalice" in Business English

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poisoned chalicenoun [ S ]

uk us

something that seems very good when it is received, but that in fact may be harmful to the person who receives it:

He is stepping into a job that many would regard as a poisoned chalice.

(Definition of “poisoned chalice” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)