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drink the Kool-Aid



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Referring to the Peoples Temple cult movement, who committed mass suicide in 1978 by drinking Flavor Aid (not Kool-Aid as was believed then) laced with cyanide.


drink the Kool-Aid

  1. (derogatory) To give in to pressure from others by uncritically accepting their ideology.
    • 1999, Robert Young, Wendy Goldman Rohm, Under the Radar: How Red Hat Changed the Software Business
      Netscape, while willing to drink the open source Kool Aid, realized there were other important issues in the commercial sector.
    • 2007, Doug Giles, A Time to Clash: Papers from a Provocative Pastor
      ...essentially three options to choose from when you're confronted with the liberal hooey. The options are: 1. You can drink the campus Kool Aid...
    • 2008, Andrew C Billings, Olympic Media: Inside the Biggest Show on Television
      They "drink the Kool-Aid", as Lampley terms it, meaning that they buy into the Olympic experience.
    • 2008, James Howard Kunstler, World Made by Hand
      "Then we better not drink the Kool-Aid. Have you been drinking the Kool-Aid, Robert?"