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widow maker

1. informal A myocardial infarction (heart attack) resulting from a blocked or damaged left anterior descending artery. Despite the name, it can be occur in both men and women. Sometimes hyphenated or spelled as a single word. My husband managed to survive a widow maker shortly after Christmas, but he has been in very rough shape ever since. Health professionals are trying to determine why the country has such a high rate of widow-makers among its population.
2. informal Anything that is extremely dangerous and likely to cause death. (Often used hyperbolically.) The mountain has become notorious as a widow maker, causing more deaths per year than any other climbing destination in the world. The bartender calls this cocktail "The Widowmaker."
See also: maker, widow

widow-maker

n. a dangerous horse; anything dangerous: a gun, strong alcohol, etc. I call this stuff widow-maker. It’s really strong.