kiss of deathkiss of death
an action or quality, often seemingly helpful, which is actually harmful or ruinous
Origin of kiss of deathin allusion to the kiss with which Judas betrayed Jesus: Matthew 26:48–50
kiss of death
Something that is ultimately ruinous, destructive, or fatal: “Divorce was once a political kiss of death” (Ellen Goodman).
Origin of kiss of deathFrom the kiss by which Judas betrayed Jesus (Mark 14:44–46) .
- A kiss on the cheek that signifies the death of the receiver, as delivered by a mob boss or one with such influence.
- (informal, idiomatic) Something that may seem good and favourable but that actually brings ruin to hopes, plans, etc.
- The role in the soap opera was the kiss of death for Ann's career as a theatrical actress.
Biblical: Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss.