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Definition of poison noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1a substance that causes death or harm if it is swallowed or absorbed into the body Some mushrooms contain a deadly poison. How did he die? Was it poison? The dog was killed by rat poison (= poison intended to kill rats ). to hunt with poison arrows bombs containing poison gas
  2. 2an idea, a feeling, etc. that is extremely harmful the poison of racial hatred
  3. Idioms
    one man's meat is another man's poison (saying)
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    used to say that different people like different things; what one person likes very much, another person does not like at all
    what's your poison? (informal) (humorous)
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    used to ask someone what alcoholic drink they would like
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: poison