Origin of kiss of deathin allusion to the kiss with which Judas betrayed Jesus: Matthew 26:48–50
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kiss of death
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.