the personification of death as a man or cloaked skeleton holding a scythe.
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Origin of Grim Reaper
First recorded in 1925–30
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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.
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