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"Now he's poisoning my well"

Posted by Patty on July 30, 2001

I heard something on a radio play recently where someone used the phrase "now he's poisoning my well." Of course, the usage was figurative. Although I had tuned in late, I knew by context it meant 'someone is doing me harm' ... but I believe it probably has a more specific meaning than just that. Can anyone tell me a bit about just how this phrase is used? In its figurative form, is it old? Thanks, as always - Patty