ghost at the feast

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

After Banquo in Shakespeare's Macbeth (1606); Macbeth murders Banquo, whose mutilated body subsequently appears at a feast as a ghost, unseen by all but Macbeth.

Noun[edit]

ghost at the feast (plural ghosts at the feast)

  1. (idiomatic) A presence that mars one's enjoyment by causing guilt or reviving unwelcome memories.

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