Definition of widow-maker in English:



  • 1A dangerous machine or piece of equipment.

    • ‘Here come the widow-makers, goes the cry as our tanks advance.’
    1. 1.1North American A dead branch caught precariously high in a tree which may fall on a person below.
      • ‘In favor of grazing cattle and the occasional hunting camp, the government had dashed our hopes like a falling widow-maker.’
      • ‘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.’