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Grim Reaper

the personification of death as a man or cloaked skeleton holding a scythe.
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1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Grim Reaper definition

A figure commonly used to represent death. The Grim Reaper is a skeleton or solemn-looking man carrying a scythe, who cuts off people's lives as though he were harvesting grain.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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