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 sense of unfinished business has simplified head coach Pat Casey’s job in keeping this year’s team focused, and its killer instinct has been on full display as the Beavers moved through the loser’s bracket. Eric Single, SI.com, "College World Series Finals Preview: Breaking Down Oregon State vs. Arkansas," 24 June 2018 More competitive players might need to leave some of their killer instinct at the door, though, especially if playing with less experienced gamers. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Overcooked 2 puts some icing on the original’s delicious co-op cake," 7 Aug. 2018 Donald, witness to his father’s deepening disappointment, fashioned himself Fred Jr.’s opposite — the brash tough guy with a killer instinct. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Once again, Madrid’s resourceful killer instinct set them apart and put them well on course for more European glory, whilst Bayern contemplate the errors which have once again cost them dearly. SI.com, "Thomas Muller Rues Bayern Mistakes But Insists His Side Should Not be 'Ashamed' Following Madrid Tie," 2 May 2018 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

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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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