- a person who steals corpses; graverobber.
- Slang. an agency that recruits executives working for one company to fill top management positions in another.
Origin of body snatcher
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for body snatcher
Let me know what really did happen with that body-snatcher Steinwilly.The Woman Gives
Clear off into your hole and hold your tongue, you body-snatcher!Pelle the Conqueror, Complete
Martin Anderson Nexo
The body-snatcher was to be punished by death and the lack of sepulture.The Danish History, Books I-IX
Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
Bishop had been a body-snatcher for twelve years, and he had during that time obtained and sold over five hundred bodies.The History of Burke and Hare
George Mac Gregor
He describes graves with the minuteness of a body-snatcher; and when he would be impressive is disgusting.
- (formerly) a person who robbed graves and sold the corpses for dissection
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