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Dead Sea fruit

something that appears to be beautiful or full of promise but is in reality nothing but illusion and disappointment.
Origin of Dead Sea fruit
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Shall I give it up for the Dead Sea fruit of worldly success?

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • All their scholarship, all their learning, all their philosophy was Dead Sea fruit.

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
  • Henceforward, the pleasure of life would be as Dead Sea fruit to him.

    Adrien Leroy Charles Garvice
  • They're Dead Sea fruit to all outsiders such as—well—you and me.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • All that had proved preeminently unsuccessful, a most poisonous harvest of Dead Sea fruit.

  • The seed we sowed hath brought forth the Dead Sea fruit upon which we feed.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Unconscious blasphemers are they who would offer this Dead Sea fruit as the true manna of Life!

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • Typical of his method is his examination of the Dead Sea fruit.

  • She had found the wisdom which is hidden at the core of all Dead Sea fruit, and the bitter taste of it was still in her mouth.

    The Wheel of Life

    Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • How had he looked forward to that home-coming, and how had it, like Dead Sea fruit, turned to bitterness in the mouth!

    Within the Capes Howard Pyle

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