grim reaper

noun, often capitalized G&R

Definition of grim reaper

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

Examples of grim reaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Why is an attorney dressed as the grim reaper bothering beachgoers in Jacksonville, Florida? Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "Scolding Beachgoers Isn’t Helping," 4 July 2020 After a 6-11, 4.40 ERA in 2019 in which he was shut down in August and visited grim reaper, Dr. James Andrews, due to his elbow issues, Sale had the bad luck to fall ill before the start of spring. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox need Chris Sale to be Chris Sale again," 16 Feb. 2020 The car has an air-ride suspension, a custom wood interior, a custom grim reaper sickle axe parking brake and a set of spoke wheels. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: 10 cool cars, trucks and even a motorbike that will cross the auction block on Monday in Scottsdale," 13 Jan. 2020 That hooded figure lingers like the grim reaper around crime scenes, eerily aware not only of what’s befallen the characters but what’s about to. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on HBO This Weekend," 10 Jan. 2020 Hirschhorn said as someone dressed like the grim reaper appeared to collect the puppies. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'Shark Tank' recap: Sharks growl over cost of cutting-edge science for man's best friend," 18 Nov. 2019 Originally from Australia, Smith has a popular tailgate spot easily recognized by a 20-foot grim reaper balloon. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "A festive atmosphere as Raiders fans gather at Coliseum one last time," 15 Dec. 2019 Yet the fear of the grim reaper will not be denied. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Is Death Reversible?," 11 Oct. 2019 One man did stand outside the fire hall, dressed as the grim reaper, and holding a sign that loosely connected Trump, Harris and the National Rifle Association with morbidity. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Talk of impeachment and entitlements at Rep. Andy Harris’ town hall in Gamber," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of grim reaper

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Grim reaper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grim%20reaper. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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