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1A person or thing that makes a screaming sound.
- ‘For a renowned screamer, his voice was in surprisingly good form on Tuesday.’
- ‘He has surprisingly done everything the unilateralist screamers assured us he would not do; namely, take every precautionary step the UN has asked him to take.’
- ‘I think because of his personal style apparently, he's a screamer.’
- ‘I had listened to talk radio for many, many years before it was taken over by the cretinous screamers.’
- ‘A current staffer says she ‘can be exacting, but she is not a screamer, not a diva type at all.’’
- ‘In fact, he has always had a reputation as a straight shooter, a good boss, and not a screamer.’
- ‘Where they are hard-drinking, leather-clad screamers, he is quietly spoken, has a combover and wears sweaters.’
- ‘‘I'm not in this business to win a popularity contest,’ the screamer fumed.’
- ‘Ten years old, and floodlit in front of 15,000 screamers, he will never know fear.’
- ‘Oh, by the way, we normally crush the teams that have screamers and cursers for coaches.’
- ‘He gave you hope that the future of sports-talk wasn't heading the way of screamers, suck-ups and sycophants.’
- ‘As such, he confounds modern-day screamers on both the left and the right for whom the warrior code is unintelligible.’
- ‘I mean, he's a screamer in some, well, screamo band, and he's good at it.’
- ‘I'm not a screamer by nature but I screamed then, a high piercing shriek that I could scarcely believe had come from my throat.’
- ‘Anyway, the shouters and screamers lose their impact after a while.’
- ‘Innovation rarely comes from a unit commanded by a screamer.’
- ‘His weakness would be that people perceive him as a screamer; actually he's a principled compromiser and that's the soul of a good politician.’
- ‘The cynic in me wonders about those screamers, knowing MTV auditioned for enthusiastic fans a few days before the event.’
- ‘He always had been a screamer, a facemask grabber, a five-star curser, but in Tennessee he stood back.’
- ‘The screamer, whoever it was, sounded a little like Lynn.’
2informal A thing remarkable for speed or impact.‘he had a screamer of a lap going in his Penske-Chevy’
- ‘A rear engine 500 cc screamer with one central headlight, they sold 16,000 of them with the tin body but also quite a few woven ones.’
- ‘Provided that you can pickup the X850XT-PE, coupled with a fast system, you'll have a screamer of a gaming rig.’
- ‘After all, that first-generation Pentium PC that seemed like such a screamer when you bought it probably went out in the inorganic collection several years ago.’
- ‘It would also have turned an already peaky engine into a serious screamer and would have undoubtedly have required shorter gearing to make it work.’
- 2.1An extremely fast ball or shot.‘Jones hit a screamer against the right-field wall’
- ‘Steven Gerrard sends a screamer blazing over the bar from a few yards outside the box.’
- ‘Forrest, on for the injured Hawley, got forward from full back and hit a screamer from 26 yards.’
- ‘After a 40 metre solo he shot a screamer from 25 yards to the roof of the net.’
- ‘Scott Severin won this match with a second-half screamer of a shot from 30 yards.’
- ‘Villa took a first minute lead when Seamus Kinsella ran on to a loose ball on the edge of the area and sent a screamer to the net.’
- ‘The Wexford man, who is an air-traffic controller at Knock Airport, guided a screamer to the Tooreen net.’
- ‘Kranjcar's screamer from 25 yards hits the crossbar.’
- ‘Danny Murphy seems to be an 100% a game player, which is a valuable asset, I remember him scoring a couple of screamers past Leeds last season.’
- ‘After the break it was only five minutes in when Graham Evans hit a screamer from the edge of the 18 yard box, which hit the post.’
- ‘A real screamer, so long as it is a safe distance from goal, will be ungrudgingly applauded by opposition fans.’
- ‘Hasselbaink scores goals wherever he plays and can be a good poacher or score 30-yard screamers.’
- ‘Meehan removed any doubt seven minutes later when he took a pass from Mullahy and raced through before burying a screamer in the bottom corner.’
- ‘They increased their lead after 50 minutes when John Butcher released a screamer of a shot that flew into the net from 20-yards out.’
- ‘His surface-to-air screamer from about 10 yards was fisted clear by the goalkeeper.’
- ‘With good movement ahead of him creating the space, he cut through to inside the 21 before unleashing a screamer to the top right hand corner.’
- ‘Mark Watson made it four with a screamer from outside the penalty area.’
- ‘With very little back-lift, Pires hits a screamer.’
- ‘A first biff blocked, he was undaunted as the rebound sat up for him to send a screamer into the top corner.’
- ‘Both were long-range screamers that had the home crowd on its feet.’
- ‘His screamer from 25 yards cracked in off the crossbar and put paid to any further resistance from the Villains.’
- 2.2US A sensational or very large headline.‘his death caused a front-page screamer’
- ‘Curiously, they were the only newspaper to grasp this story, which splashed under one of their extremely long screamers NOW IT'S THE FRANKENFISH!’
- ‘His column in the Times will appear under a screamer: ‘Athens bomb dropped: six into four won't go.’’
- 2.3dated A thing that causes screams of laughter.
- ‘After a somewhat creepy beginning down on the farm, the film is just a screamer.’
3A large gooselike South American waterbird with a short bill, a sharp bony spur on each wing, and a harsh honking call.
- ‘The long toes may help screamers walk on emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation.’
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