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- (idiomatic) An apparently benevolent offering whose real intent is to disrupt, destabilize, or weaken.
1998 May–Jun, Bradford Matsen, “Travel to exotic foreign lands! See beautiful coral reefs! And kill them!”, Mother Jones Magazine, volume 23, number 3, San Francisco [u.a.]: Foundation for National Progress, ISSN 0362-8841, page 67:
- The irony is that barely two decades into Jamaica's boom time, the country's reliance on tourism can be compared to a smallpox blanket: It'll keep you warm for a couple of nights but kill you in the long run.