One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dangerous machine or piece of equipment.
- ‘Here come the widow-makers, goes the cry as our tanks advance.’
- 1.1North American A dead branch caught precariously high in a tree which may fall on a person below.
- ‘Branches over a trail that are broken and being suspended by other branches - called ‘widow-makers’ by woods-workers - are the most common of these.’
- ‘In favor of grazing cattle and the occasional hunting camp, the government had dashed our hopes like a falling widow-maker.’
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