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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. 2017.
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  • At last Katherine was the bachelor girl she had longed to be, but the pleasures of freedom were as Dead Sea fruit to the lips.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr
  • Henceforward, the pleasure of life would be as Dead Sea fruit to him.

    Adrien Leroy Charles Garvice
  • Typical of his method is his examination of the Dead Sea fruit.

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

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • Her warm invitation to him to call on her—possibly to take her again to lunch—had borne only Dead Sea fruit.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
  • All that had proved preeminently unsuccessful, a most poisonous harvest of Dead Sea fruit.

  • Shall I give it up for the Dead Sea fruit of worldly success?

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • 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
  • But they tell me those logs have been in the water so long they are Dead Sea fruit, rotten in the center?

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock

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