(one) must have killed a Chinaman

(one) must have killed a Chinaman

dated, offensive slang Said when one experiences particularly bad luck. From the superstition that killing someone from China would literally bring one bad luck. Primarily heard in Australia. A: "Someone in the company must have killed a Chinaman, because our sales have been in the toilet for months." B: "Al, that's a really racist thing to say."
See also: Chinaman, have, killed, must
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