One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in science fiction) a beam or ray capable of killing.
- ‘You grew ever more diverse in your inventions: remote-controlled boats and submarines, bladeless turbines, and, finally, a death ray.’
- ‘Quite frankly, if the aliens don't shower us with death rays this time round, there really is no life in space.’
- ‘You'll just zap me with your death ray when we're halfway across the river and I'm all defenseless.’
- ‘Anyway, the little green space men need tin cans in the construction of their death ray, which will kill us all at the dawn of the millennium.’
- ‘It's a tune about the great inventor Tesla's attempt to create a death ray.’
- ‘Then Superman, Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk battled Dr Octopus, having only two hours to shut off his death ray before it destroyed the world.’
- ‘Where, pray tell me, are our superheroes going to get changed next time Lex Luthor unleashes his brain-melting death ray.’
- ‘Armed with death rays, these little green men want to enslave humanity and harvest their primitive minds.’
- ‘Among other weapons, Crypto's saucer incorporates an ‘abducto-beam’ and a death ray out of The War of the Worlds (the pre-Spielberg film).’
- ‘And, although Warne has been bowling such a ball in Australia for many seasons, England have treated it here like a Martian death ray.’
- ‘He predicted that in 1958 the U.S. would discover some sort of death ray used on Atlantis.’
- ‘According to the laws that dictate super-villainy, the next step is obviously some kind of powerful death ray.’
- ‘It is not my fault that rather than green my fingers appear to act as a kind of death ray.’
- ‘For now, I'm off to fight the twelve-foot lizard beasts that control the planet with their evil death rays.’
- ‘After dreaming up a death ray and an artificial aurora to light the world at night, he died in a hotel tending his pet pigeons.’
- ‘This is all Flash Gordon stuff, so do not be surprised if an alien tries to zap you with a death ray.’
- ‘With her new powers, Vicki was now able to deliver deadly electric shocks through her cybernetic skin as well as shoot death rays from her eyes.’
- ‘He said he'd invented a death ray and he spent his nights communing with the pigeons in Central Park.’
- ‘Did the aliens have a death ray that fried all clothing items except for shirts, and if so, why?’
- ‘Personnel worked with varying degrees of success to develop a range of tools, from secret inks and concealed cameras to poisons, explosives, and a death ray.’
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