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English definition of “poison-pen letter”

poison-pen letter

noun [C]     /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
(Definition of poison-pen letter noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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