smallpox blanket

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blankets infected with smallpox were used against Native Americans at the Siege of Fort Pitt.

Noun[edit]

smallpox blanket (plural smallpox blankets)

  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) An apparently benevolent offering whose real intent is to disrupt, destabilize or weaken.

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