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bitter apple

colocynth (defs 1, 2).
Origin of bitter apple
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Schweckerle had to bite into a bitter apple several times, as one after another of his children faithlessly abandoned him.

  • One of the principal ingredients in the mummy balsam is colocynth, or bitter apple, powdered.

  • Felix prayed earnestly that he might be enabled to eat a bitter apple without making a face.

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  • "He's praying that you'll never be able to eat a bitter apple without making a face," she said.

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British Dictionary definitions for bitter apple

bitter apple

another name for colocynth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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