Idiom: 'Poisoned chalice'

What does 'Poisoned chalice' mean?

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.

Contributor: Ashley Baxter

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

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