from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which makes widows by bereaving women of their husbands.
  • noun Specifically: In lumbering, a broken limb hanging loose in the top of a tree, which in its fall may injure a man below
  • noun A breaking cable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare One who makes widows by destroying husbands.

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  • noun idiomatic Something which or someone who takes the lives of men; a hazard that affects mostly men or is specific for some trade, occupied mostly by men.


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