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poisonnoun [countable, uncountable]Idioms
a substance that causes death or harm if it gets into the body 毒物；毒药；毒素
Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadjective
Some mushrooms contain a deadly poison. 有些蘑菇含有致命毒素。 How did he die? Was it poison? 他是怎么死的？是中毒吗？ The dog was killed by rat poison (= poison intended to kill rats). 狗被耗子药毒死了。 to hunt with poison arrows 用毒箭狩猎 bombs containing poison gas 毒气弹 She had laced his drink with poison. 她在他的饮料中掺了毒药。
- give somebody
an idea, a feeling, etc. that is extremely harmful 极有害的思想（或心情等）；精神毒药
the poison of racial hatred 种族仇恨这种害人的思想 These words were pure poison to me. 这些话对我有害无益。 groups that are spreading the poison of sectarianism 传播宗派主义毒素的团体
Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a harmful medicinal draught): from Old French poison ‘magic potion’, from Latin potio(n-) ‘potion’, related to potare ‘to drink’.
one man’s meat is another man’s poison
used to say that different people like different things; what one person likes very much, another person does not like at all 兴趣爱好因人而异；一人手中宝，他人脚下草
what’s your poison?
- (old-fashioned, informal, humorous)
used to ask somebody what alcoholic drink they would like （用于问别人想喝什么酒）