killer

noun
1 a person that kills
ADJECTIVE
real

I don't care what they ask me if it helps them find the real killer.

accused, alleged, suspected

the trial of her daughter's accused killers

would-be

He turned to face his would-be killer.

convicted
notorious
bloodthirsty, brutal, cold-blooded, ruthless, vicious

Matthew's reputation as a cold-blooded killer

crazed, psychopathic, psychotic
mass, serial, spree (AmE)
contract, hired, professional, trained
baby, child, cop, etc.

a convicted child killer

VERB + KILLER
hunt, track down
catch, find, stop

I want to stop the killer before he strikes again.

identify

FBI agents identified his killers.

bring to justice

I cannot rest until this killer is brought to justice.

KILLER + VERB
strike

The killer has struck again.

stalk sb/sth

For years the killer stalked Detroit and its suburbs undetected.

kill sb, murder sb

a serial killer who murders newlyweds on their honeymoon

KILLER + NOUN
instinct (figurative)

He plays well but still lacks the killer instinct.

blow (figurative, esp. BrE)

Owen delivered the killer blow soon after half-time.

2 a disease, etc. that kills
ADJECTIVE
big, great, leading, major

Overdoses were the single biggest killer among the city's young.

Diphtheria emerged as the leading killer of children in the 1880s.

deadly

In the 19th century, cholera was one of Britain's deadliest killers.

silent

High blood pressure is known as a silent killer.

potential

There is still no vaccine against this potential killer.

KILLER + NOUN
bug (BrE), disease, strain, virus

Heart attacks have become our number one killer disease.

storm (esp. AmE), wave

This killer storm is strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico.

The killer wave struck a tiny atoll in the Maldives.


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