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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KILLER

And that minute he turned me from a scared kid into an outlaw—a killer.

In this nice, well-ordered age I'm a killer and everybody knows it.

He had come from Trinidad, Colorado, and brought with him the reputation of a killer.

What do you reckon a killer like Overstreet cares for the law?

Lad, even a kid like you could be a killer with that six-gun.

Am I a killer, too, that I should strike a young and beautiful girl.

Sometime in his career this buzzard was the killer for some liquor gang.

No man could have stood in front of that killer and pulled a trigger.

In this world the killer can command, as his fetich, the soul of the killed.

That Ollinger was a killer had been proved beyond the possibility of a doubt.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., agent noun from kill (v.). But a surname, Ric[hard] Le Kyller is attested from 1288. Figurative use from 1550s. Meaning "impressive person or thing" is by 1900 (as an adjective, 1979); reduplicated form killer-diller attested by 1938. Killer whale is from 1725; killer instinct is attested from 1931, originally in boxing.

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nounmurderer of prominent or important person
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