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Very effective against; also, very fond of. For example, “He is a wonderful fielder and sure death on bunts” (Christy Mathewson,
, 1912), or
The boss is death on tardiness
She's death on the latest fashions
; early 1800s
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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