siren song

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From the songs of the sirens in Greek mythology, whose bewitching song lured mariners to their doom.

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siren song (plural siren songs)

  1. (idiomatic) An enticing but dangerous appeal, especially a misleading one.
    • 1914, Jack London, "The Sea Farmer" in The Strength of the Strong:
      Romance never sang to him her siren song, and Adventure had never shouted in his sluggish blood.
    • 2009 March 26, Michael Elliott, "Global Trade: The Road to Ruin," Time:
      Said World Bank president Robert Zoellick: "Leaders must not heed the siren song of protectionist fixes. Economic isolationism can lead to a negative spiral of events."

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