from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which kills vermin


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  • I wish you would take the trouble to go and buy me some vermin-killer.

    New Grub Street

  • When through with my ablution it was necessary, before I could dress, to grease my body with a vermin-killer that is supplied the men.

    S.O.S. Stand to!

  • It is, of course, a fact that one grain of vermin-killer would dispose of any one of them.

    Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 7, 1914

  • They are not, as the vermin-killer advertisement has it, 'pests of the household.'

    Prose Fancies

  • 'And I would poison myself with vermin-killer if I felt any risk of such contentment!

    Born in Exile

  • In this case the subject of research was the habits of the Carabus auratus, the little vermin-killer of our gardens, who is therefore vulgarly known as the Gardener Beetle.

    Social Life in the Insect World

  • He was, however, a wonderful vermin-killer, and wherever his master placed him, there he remained, waiting with the utmost patience and resignation till an unfortunate rat bolted from the hole, which he instantly killed in a most philosophical manner.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

  • The dog was a most determined vermin-killer, and in rats, &c., quite an accomplished one; but snakes did not often come in her way. "

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 549 (Supplementary number)


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