grim reaper

noun, often capitalized G&R

Definition of grim reaper

: death especially when personified as a man or skeleton with a scythe

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Bobby comes ominously a-knocking on Chuck’s Brooklyn brownstone like some Wall Street grim reaper, finally cashing in on their pledge for mutual revenge. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Billions Season 4 Finale Recap: Et Tu, Bobby?," 4 June 2019 There's also a fan theory that Arya is literally the bringer of death like the grim reaper—think about that Johnny Cash song, about how Death rides a pale horse: When Arya was in the House of Black & White, she was blinded by the Faceless Man. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This New 'Game of Thrones' Fan Theory About Arya Could Be a Huge Clue to Her Destiny," 15 May 2019 In other words, the grim reaper comes bearing unexpected gifts. ... Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Comcast Is Surviving Big Media’s Horror Flick," 25 Apr. 2019 For many legacy media companies, streaming behemoths like Netflix look a little like the grim reaper: an existential threat to their businesses. For Comcast, however, the picture is more complicated. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Comcast Is Surviving Big Media’s Horror Flick," 25 Apr. 2019 With fierce dragons, grim reapers, and characters like the Minions and Snoopy, there's an option for every vibe from scary to silly. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Home Depot's New Hauntingly Cool Halloween Decorations Are Here," 7 Aug. 2018 One shows a smiling grim reaper, another displays the outside of a haunted house, and one even boasts a sketch of Count Dracula. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "These Halloween Stair Decals Will Instantly Transform Your Home Into a Haunted House," 7 Oct. 2018 Many hit men and teens worship La Santa Muerte, the cult of death represented by a grim reaper. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World," 20 Sep. 2018 XXXTentacion is now face-to-face with Gekyume, who looks more like the grim reaper now, in a dark room with his head bowed. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "XXXTentacion Lays Himself to Rest in Eerie New 'SAD!' Video: Watch," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of grim reaper

1847, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near grim reaper

grimmish

grimoire

grimp

grim reaper

grims

Grimsby

grim-the-collier

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