poisoned chalice Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"poisoned chalice" in British English

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poisoned chalicenoun [S]

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something that ​seems very good when it is first ​received, but in ​fact does ​greatharm to the ​person who ​receives it: The ​leadership of the ​partyturned out to be a ​poisonedchalice.
(Definition of poisoned chalice from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)
Translations of “poisoned chalice”
in Chinese (Simplified) 金杯毒酒, 看似诱人实则有害的东西…
in Chinese (Traditional) 金杯毒酒, 看似誘人實則有害的東西…
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