But this slayer of bullies can often seem, well, like a bully.
Support for the royals rose to 35-year highs, leading some wags to dub Prince George “the Republican slayer”.
The Governor had promised, so it was alleged, that the slayer of Whistling Duck should be punished.
In half an hour the slayer of the trader was brought on board.
"And an hour ago I buried the body of her slayer," said Rollo, calmly.
Thus he spoke and Mercury, guide and guardian, slayer of Argus, did as he was told.
For the slayer by a cruel death of their captive father, Ragnar's sons act the blood-eagle on Ella, and salt his flesh.
He was my father, Sire, and I saw him slain—aye, and slew the slayer.
"Invoke us a curse, O Bintang Burung, on the slayer," he asked.
He was, in fact, a slayer of beasts—a foreman at the slaughter-house.
Old English slean "to smite, strike, beat," also "to kill with a weapon, slaughter" (class VI strong verb; past tense sloh, slog, past participle slagen), from Proto-Germanic *slahan, from root *slog- "to hit" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian sla, Danish slaa, Middle Dutch slaen, Dutch slaan, Old High German slahan, German schlagen, Gothic slahan "to strike"). The Germanic words are from PIE root *slak- "to strike" (cf. Middle Irish past participle slactha "struck," slacc "sword").
Modern German cognate schlagen maintains the original sense of "to strike." Meaning "overwhelm with delight" (mid-14c.) preserves one of the wide range of meanings the word once had, including, in Old English, "stamp (coins); forge (weapons); throw, cast; pitch (a tent), to sting (of a snake); to dash, rush, come quickly; play (the harp); gain by conquest."
"instrument on a weaver's loom to beat up the weft," Old English slæ, slea, slahae, from root meaning "strike" (see slay (v.)), so called from "striking" the web together. Hence the surname Slaymaker "maker of slays."
To impress someone powerfully, esp to provoke violent and often derisive laughter: Pardon me, this will slay you/ The boys who slay me are the ones who have set pieces to recite when they answer the phone (1593+)