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body snatcher

noun
1.
a person who steals corpses; graverobber.
2.
Slang. an agency that recruits executives working for one company to fill top management positions in another.
Origin of body snatcher
1805-1815
1805-15
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  • John, just 'ave the kyndness to 'and over a 'body snatcher' 'ere, will yer?

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The bass singer had made an immense hit with his song of 'The body snatcher,' and the town rushed to listen to it.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The bass singer had made an immense hit with his song of "The body snatcher," and the town rushed to listen to it.

    A History of Pendennis, Volume 1 William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for body snatcher

body snatcher

noun
1.
(formerly) a person who robbed graves and sold the corpses for dissection
Derived Forms
body snatching, noun
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