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killer instinct Syllabification: kill·er in·stinct
Pronunciation: /ˈkilər ˈinztiNG(k)t/ /ˈinstiNG(k)t/

Definition of killer instinct in English:


A ruthless determination to succeed or win.
Example sentences
  • I don't have the killer instinct or that degree of ruthlessness which you need to succeed on your own.
  • He still has the killer instinct and no patience, but he does his fighting in boardrooms.
  • But a mature respect for the competition tempers the killer instinct.
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