skull and crossbones

plural skulls and crossbones

Definition of skull and crossbones

: a representation of a human skull over crossbones usually used as a warning of danger to life

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Here are some select snippets of his 45-minute session with reporters, and here is a link to a partial transcript of his comments from Monday: Q. What's the meaning of your hat (a camouflage baseball cap with a skull and crossbones)? Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Matt Patricia Super Bowl transcript: On flying, the military, more," 1 Feb. 2018 One created a chair with a skull and crossbones in the shape of shovels. The Economist, "Dibs and cribsLife, liberty and the pursuit of parking," 22 Feb. 2018 Walker, who wore a black jacket with a red skull and crossbones, large goggles and huge blue gloves that went more than half way up her arms, also injects some humor and charm into the act. David Garrick,, "Live science show wows kids, parents in Balboa Park," 22 Jan. 2018 The group last week designated Crypto as a caveat emptor security, which means that a skull and crossbones icon sits next to the stock symbol on the OTC markets website. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Bitcoin Mania Comes to the Stock Market," 13 Dec. 2017 Flying above Smith, fluttering in the Puget Sound sea breeze, is the skull and crossbones of the Jolly Roger. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why a U.S. Navy Spy Submarine Is Flying the Jolly Roger," 14 Sep. 2017 Newspaper logos included a skull and crossbones with a papal hat and an image of churches collapsing into ruin. Mike Mariani, Slate Magazine, "Nativism, Violence, and the Origins of the Paranoid Style," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of skull and crossbones

1826, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of skull and crossbones

: a picture of a human skull above two crossed bones that was used on the flags of pirate ships in the past and is now used as a warning label on containers of poisonous or dangerous substances

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