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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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 Unfortunately for Messi -and Argentina- Mario Gotze’s extra-time goal ruined what seemed destined to be his crowning moment in said final, as Germany became, once again, the grim reaper of Argentina’s World Cup dreams. Juan Pimiento,, "Russia 2018, Messi's and Ronaldo's last shot at World Cup glory," 8 June 2018 Concomitantly humans are far less likely to see themselves as helpless against the grim reaper. The Economist, "Life is too precious to worry about death," 19 Apr. 2018 That date has sat on our calendar like a grim reaper lurking outside the window. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Anniversary of Chika's death is a haunting thing to mark," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of grim reaper

1847, in the meaning defined above

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