Poisoned chalice meaning

What does the saying 'Poisoned chalice' mean?

Idiom: Poisoned chalice

Meaning:

If someone is given a poisoned chalice, they are given a job or task which appears attractive but is actually doomed to failure or beset with problems that will damage their reputation or harm them.

Country: International English | Subject Area: Religion | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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