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death ray

noun
1.
a hypothetical ray that destroys life from a distance.
Origin of death ray
1915-1920
1915-20
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  • The merits of a story are not dependent on the number of people wiped out by one blast of a death ray!

  • "The green flash is a sort of a death ray," he summed up, aloud.

  • Unless the three men missing from the construction camp had died of it, however, it was not to be considered a death ray.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • They have that death ray, but it's not quite as deadly as we might have feared, solely because our ships could outmaneuver them.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • We were offered four trillion dollars in bribes to hold it up; our lives were threatened and we were shot at with death ray guns.

    Mars Confidential Jack Lait
British Dictionary definitions for death ray

death ray

noun
1.
an imaginary ray capable of killing
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