Murderers Row

murderer

[mur-der-er]
noun
1.
a person who commits murder.
Idioms
2.
murderers' row,
a.
the row of cells in a prison where murderers and other violent or hard-core criminals are held. See also death row.
b.
Baseball. a succession of heavy hitters scheduled to bat one after the other.
c.
any group of notorious or important people: a murderers' row of talent; a murderers' row of philosophers.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English mortherer, mord(e)rer; see murder, -er1

self-murderer, noun
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murderer
c.1300, agent noun from murder. The original murderer's row was in New York City's Tombs prison; figurative use in baseball dates to 1858, though the quintessential one was the 1927 New York Yankees.
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