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killing frost

noun
1.
the occurrence of temperatures cold enough to kill all but the hardiest vegetation, especially the last such occurrence in spring and the first in fall, events that limit the agricultural growing season.
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  • Above all they must not be suffered to endure the killing frost of ridicule.

    Study of Child Life Marion Foster Washburne
  • After a killing frost touches them, the vines are next to worthless as a feed.

    The Peanut Plant B. W. Jones
  • The first killing frost of autumn may be expected between the 15th and 20th of September.

  • Mr. Perkins had blighted love's young dream for Cyrus with a killing frost.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • But, in whatever latitude the planter may reside, the general rule should be, to dig before a killing frost occurs.

    The Peanut Plant B. W. Jones
  • The first killing frost was a severe cold snap; mercury dropped to 10 above zero, November 22d.

  • "Irreverence for the dreams of youth" soon creeps like a killing frost upon our hearts.

  • Meanwhile, every puff of wind was laden with killing frost, and in sight of that glowing fire, Antonio froze to death.

  • My ole ankles tells me thar will be a killing frost dis night; the corn will be cotched.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • Then, suddenly, all our spring gladness and Maytime hopes were blighted as by a killing frost.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery

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