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road kill

noun
1.
Informal. the body of an animal killed on a road by a motor vehicle.
Also, roadkill.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75, Americanism
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Word Origin and History for road kill
n.

animal killed by vehicular traffic, 1972; the figurative sense is from 1992.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for road kill

road kill

noun phrase
  1. A person or animal struck by a car and killed; road pizza: After screeching to check for roadkill, these young motorists started howling, laughing it up (1980s+)
  2. omething undesirable and unpalatable, like the meat of an animal killed in traffic: Plagiarism proclaims that some written words are valuable enough to steal. But what if the borrowed stuff is a flat, lifeless mess, the road kill of passing ideas? (1980s+)
  3. : Nothing like a road kill. For our young guys who are new to the team, nothing is better than getting a road win (1990s+ Sports)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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