Definition of poisoned chalice in English:

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poisoned chalice


chiefly British
An assignment, award, or honor that is likely to prove a disadvantage or source of problems to the recipient: many thought the new minister had been handed a poisoned chalice
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  • For those with debts they can no longer afford, the long run of low interest rates may yet prove a poisoned chalice.
  • Is the Manager of the month award a poisoned chalice?
  • It has, however, proved to be a poisoned chalice for some corporations.
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