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"Now he's poisoning my well"

Posted by Mortimer on July 31, 2001

In Reply to: "Now he's poisoning my well" posted by Mark on July 31, 2001

: "Poisoning the well" is used to describe the rhetorical device of an ad hominen attack, or discrediting the source of opinion or comment rather than discrediting the opinion or comment on their own merits.

Yeh, but if "he is poisoning my well" then he is ruining the source of something I need, right?