One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person or thing that brings gloom to an otherwise pleasant occasion.
- ‘It is also the ghost at the feast of much polite society in Northern Ireland.’
- ‘But his eyes were drawn nevertheless to the filthy bundle of rags, the skeleton at the feast.’
- ‘The party has become used to such phantom presences: for the past four years, its former idol appeared like the proverbial ghost at the feast to deliver his speech, take the plaudits, yet shun the centre stage.’
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