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.
Recent Examples on the Web This Alabama team seems to lack that killer instinct that last year’s undefeated national championship team possessed. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, 24 Oct. 2021 With that said, the Bucks have lacked a killer instinct all playoffs long. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 With that said, the Bucks have lacked a killer instinct all playoffs long. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 With that said, the Bucks have lacked a killer instinct all playoffs long. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 With that said, the Bucks have lacked a killer instinct all playoffs long. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 With that said, the Bucks have lacked a killer instinct all playoffs long. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 With that said, the Bucks have lacked a killer instinct all playoffs long. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 With that said, the Bucks have lacked a killer instinct all playoffs long. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of killer instinct

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of killer instinct was in 1931

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19 Nov 2021

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“Killer instinct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/killer%20instinct. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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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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