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  1. MickeyFrank Morrison, 1918–2006, U.S. detective novelist.
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Historical Examples of spillane

  • "And there ain't no use waitin' for Hall," Spillane went on.

    Dutch Courage and Other Stories

    Jack London

  • Spillane shook his head, and demanded, "Where's your father?"

  • They were Mr. and Mrs. Spillane, ranchers, who lived in a lonely valley a dozen miles back from the river.

  • Jerry noted that he was nervous and abrupt in his movements, and that Mrs. Spillane seemed laboring under some strong anxiety.

  • The woman began to weep quietly, while Spillane dropped a troubled exclamation and strode to the window.

British Dictionary definitions for spillane


  1. Mickey, original name Frank Morrison Spillane . 1918–2006, US detective-story writer, best known for his books featuring the detective Mike Hammer, for example I, the Jury (1947) and The Twisted Thing (1966)
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