Definition of widow-maker in English:

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widow-maker

noun

informal
1A dangerous machine or piece of equipment.
Example sentences
  • Here come the widow-makers, goes the cry as our tanks advance.
1.1North American A dead branch caught precariously high in a tree which may fall on a person below.
Example sentences
  • Branches over a trail that are broken and being suspended by other branches - called ‘widow-makers’ by woods-workers - are the most common of these.
  • In favor of grazing cattle and the occasional hunting camp, the government had dashed our hopes like a falling widow-maker.
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