killer instinct

noun

Definition of killer instinct 

: an aggressive tenacious urge for domination in a struggle to attain a set goal

Examples of killer instinct in a Sentence

Her killer instincts have helped her become one of the top tennis players in the world.

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The sweet, sweet touch of Samuel Armenteros The Portland Timbers have now won a club-record six matches in a row, and Swedish striker Samuel Armenteros is rounding into form to provide the killer instinct up top the club had been lacking. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 13: The Players Have Had Enough of VAR," 28 May 2018 France ultimately lacked the killer instinct that comes with experience on that occasion. SI.com, "Why France's Quality and Experience Means Now is the Time to Stand and Deliver at the World Cup," 22 June 2018 The new ghoul built for Fallen Kingdom is a lean and toothy dragon of a thing, sans fire but engineered with hyper intelligence and pure killer instinct. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," 5 June 2018 Jordan's killer instinct was always on display; James likes being the nice guy. Jerry Brewer, chicagotribune.com, "Is LeBron James the GOAT? Forget the debate. It's asking the wrong question.," 9 May 2018 Intelligence and autonomy of movement don’t equal free will and killer instinct. Garry Kasparov, WSJ, "Intelligent Machines Will Teach Us—Not Replace Us," 7 May 2018 Ex-Gunners star Martin Keown has also hailed the striker's 'killer instinct'. SI.com, "Arsenal Teammate Reveals Key Reasons for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang's Fast Start to Life at Arsenal," 10 Apr. 2018 And the timing showed a killer instinct, perhaps a player sensing the moment. Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State avoids NCAA tournament upset; Joshua Langford stars," 16 Mar. 2018 The Gators lacked a killer instinct to put the Bonnies away and the more opportunities Florida provided, the more St. Bonaventure started to fight its way back That’s when the Gators’ drought started. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gators show killer instinct, knock out St. Bonaventure in NCAA Tournament opener," 16 Mar. 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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killer instinct

noun

English Language Learners Definition of killer instinct

: a very strong desire to succeed or win

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