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body snatcher

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noun
  1. a person who steals corpses; graverobber.
  2. Slang. an agency that recruits executives working for one company to fill top management positions in another.
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Origin of body snatcher

First recorded in 1805–15
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Related Words for body snatcher

ghoul

Examples from the Web for body snatcher

Historical Examples of body snatcher

  • Let me know what really did happen with that body-snatcher Steinwilly.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson

  • 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.

  • He describes graves with the minuteness of a body-snatcher; and when he would be impressive is disgusting.


British Dictionary definitions for body snatcher

body snatcher

noun
  1. (formerly) a person who robbed graves and sold the corpses for dissection
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Derived Formsbody snatching, noun
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