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road kill

or roadkill

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for roadkill


(mainly US) the remains of an animal or animals killed on the road by motor vehicles
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Word Origin and History for roadkill

road kill


animal killed by vehicular traffic, 1972; the figurative sense is from 1992.

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Slang definitions & phrases for roadkill

road kill

noun phrase

  1. A person or animal struck by a car and killed; road pizza: After screeching to check for roadkill, these young motorists started howling, laughing it up (1980s+)
  2. omething undesirable and unpalatable, like the meat of an animal killed in traffic: Plagiarism proclaims that some written words are valuable enough to steal. But what if the borrowed stuff is a flat, lifeless mess, the road kill of passing ideas? (1980s+)
  3. : Nothing like a road kill. For our young guys who are new to the team, nothing is better than getting a road win (1990s+ Sports)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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