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Grim Reaper

noun
1.
the personification of death as a man or cloaked skeleton holding a scythe.
Origin of Grim Reaper
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30
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  • Had the Grim Reaper no other harvest whitening for his sickle?

    General Bounce

    G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • The Grim Reaper did not spare them, but they were as "treasures laid up in heaven."

  • The Grim Reaper was savagely striving to cut life short for one Yank air ace!

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
  • "The Grim Reaper has done some harvesting on his own account—" He spoke almost rudely.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • So would I, but rather in the direction of giving the “Grim Reaper” and the grave-diggers fewer people to bury.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
Grim Reaper in Culture

Grim Reaper definition


A figure commonly used to represent death. The Grim Reaper is a skeleton or solemn-looking man carrying a scythe, who cuts off people's lives as though he were harvesting grain.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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