- Informal. the body of an animal killed on a road by a motor vehicle.
Origin of road kill
An Americanism dating back to 1970–75
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Examples from the Web for road kill
American society celebrates wealthy television personalities like Rowe, not trash collectors and road-kill removers.Mike Rowe: ‘Dirty Jobs’ Host Says He Did Not Endorse Mitt Romney
October 11, 2012
“A moderate is nothing but road-kill in the Senate right now,” he says.Democratic Sen. Mark Warner Defies Party to Engage GOP on a Deficit deal
December 28, 2011
Word Origin and History for road kill
animal killed by vehicular traffic, 1972; the figurative sense is from 1992.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper