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penalty killer

noun

, Ice Hockey.
  1. a player used when the player's team is short-handed as a result of a penalty, especially a player skilled at defense and employed regularly in such situations.


penalty killer

noun

  1. ice hockey a good player who, when his team is short-handed because of a penalty, is sent onto the ice to prevent the other side from scoring


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Word History and Origins

Origin of penalty killer1

First recorded in 1960–65
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Example Sentences

Nashville’s Calle Järnkrok is also a consistent double-digit goal scorer and a good penalty killer and costs just $2 million on the cap.

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