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giant killer

noun
1.
a person, sports team, etc, that defeats an apparently superior opponent
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  • Then upon the shoulder of Jack the giant killer his hand descended.

    Everychild Louis Dodge
  • "Jack the giant killer had lots of inevitables to meet," pursued Rivers.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • This Jack the giant killer has been permitted to go to outrageous lengths.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • It was far more likely won in the pages of Jack the giant killer!

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
  • Rossini then was not only a great composer, he was also a sort of Jack the giant killer.

    The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • I've always regarded Jack the giant killer as a brave and honorable youth.

    Everychild Louis Dodge
  • Phoebe was telling him about “Jack the giant killer” when her father popped into the room.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon

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