The bird is not another creature struggling to exist in a snowfield but an opportunistic mugger from the polar wastes.
In plain language: the previously unremarkable mugger's face now evokes terror.
The mugger left for over an hour and came back and finished killing her.
Hugger-mugger is part of life, especially under modern political conditions.
The mugger came from a broken home and was trying to lift himself out of poverty.
He told a police officer who spoke with him there that he had been shot by a mugger.
These swindlers use the phone as a weapon in much the same way that a mugger uses a handgun.
Imagine having to ask the mugger to wait while you take your pants down and fish out the mace.
Carry a small amount of cash in your wallet, enough to appease a mugger.
The enemy, as usual, is the big-city mugger raised to nightmare proportions.