Posted by Andy Sporner on February 17, 2003
I am not sure if
it is used in British English, but
in American English the expression can be used. Such
as "When he heard that the company heard that the
product was unfinished, it was the kiss of death". This is a reference to the way Christ was Betrayed in the
Garden of Gethsemene by Judas (The one you seek I will
give a kiss--and Christ saying "Judas would you betray
with me a kiss?" The kiss that sent him to the cross,
and thus the "Kiss of Death"
I hope this might
be a welcome addition to the
biblical phrases section.