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poison-pen

[ poi-zuhn-pen ]
/ ˈpɔɪ zənˈpɛn /
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adjective
composed or sent maliciously, as a letter, usually anonymously and for the purpose of damaging another's reputation or happiness: The newspaper received a poison-pen letter alleging that the mayor was misusing city funds.
characterized by or given to the sending of poison-pen letters: a poison-pen campaign; a poison-pen writer.
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Origin of poison-pen

First recorded in 1910–15
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