Share this entry

Share this page

supergrass

Line breaks: super|grass
Pronunciation: /ˈsuːpəɡrɑːs
 
, ˈsjuː-/

Definition of supergrass in English:

noun

British informal
A police informer who implicates a large number of people: both turned supergrass and were the main prosecution witnesses
More example sentences
  • Facing 25 years in jail, he transformed into a supergrass and implicated his accomplices in order to land himself a lighter sentence.
  • The court distinguished him from a supergrass or informer by describing him as ‘a contracted and paid agent of the FBI’ and as ‘a witness under protection.’
  • A drugs baron who turned supergrass to implicate his mother, wife, brother, lover and others was jailed for six years yesterday for smuggling £132m of cocaine and cannabis into Britain.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day vicarious
Pronunciation: vəˈkerēəs
adjective
experienced in the imagination through another person's feelings…