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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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 From Roma’s epic comeback, to Juventus putting the fear of God into Real Madrid, to Liverpool’s grim reaper act on City and more craziness with Marseille, Salzburg and even CSKA Moscow. Juan Pimiento,, "Roma shock Barcelona, Ronaldo saves Real Madrid and the best of the week in soccer," 12 Apr. 2018 Some experts think at least a few of us—the super-agers—will continue to stave off the grim reaper for longer and longer. Amanda Onion, Newsweek, "Humans Have Reached the Peak of Our Height, Lifespan and Physical Fitness," 8 Dec. 2017

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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