merchant of death

a company, nation, or person that sells military arms on the international market, usually to the highest bidder and without scruple or regard for political ramifications.

phrase popularized by the book Merchants of Death (1934) by U.S. writers Helmut C. Engelbrecht (1895–1939) and Frank C. Hanighen (1899–1964) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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