drink the Kool-Aid


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drink the Kool-Aid

verb (US colloquial) To adopt the dogma of a group or leader without fully understanding its ramifications or implications; to participate in dangerous or lethal activities, or in something destined to fail, due to peer pressure.

The phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid” comes from the Jonestown Massacre of 1978, in which hundreds of members of the People’s Temple Agricultural Project in Guyana died after consuming a cyanide-laced powdered soft drink as part of a ritual suicide under the instruction of the cult leader Jim Jones. Many of these deaths are believed to be forced suicide or murder, rather than voluntary.
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The young man and his companion looked at me as if I had suggested they drink the Kool-Aid.
One source compared the men to a suicide cult dying by poison and said: 'We know that even with suicide cults, several members have to be forced to drink the Kool-Aid.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink the Kool-Aid," says Stone.
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I try not to drink the Kool-Aid, but man, I watch him play in person, and I'm guzzling the Kool-Aid.