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Poisoned chalice etc.

Posted by ESC on April 26, 2008 at 10:42:

In Reply to: Poisoned chalice etc. posted by Butamire Pan on April 26, 2008 at 08:39:

: What are the meanings of these? A poisoned chalice, rara avis, deus ex machina.

The last one -- machine of the gods -- is here: https://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/8/messages/67.html