crossbones crossbones  /ˈkrɔs ˌboʊnz/

Definition(s):

  • (n) two crossed bones (or a representation of two crossed bones) used as a symbol danger or death

Usage(s):

  1. They were told that the jungles on the sides of the road were still littered with mines and other ordnance; red skull-and-crossbones signs drove the message home.
  2. Record companies dealt with this casual piracy by printing a skull and crossbones on the backs of tapes along with the claim that home taping is killing music.
  3. Ireland's patron saint first set foot on the Emerald Isle after being captured by corsairs, so we can at least thank the skull-and-crossbones crowd for green beer.

News

  • Zoning violations continue at Maple Street property

    EAST LONGMEADOW — If a passer-by didn't know any better, they might think someone was trying to sell a pirate ship. Sitting a short distance from the road at 64 Maple St. is a large, blue sailboat, adorned with skull and crossbones, the words "for sale" and a phone number.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Reminder

Quotes

  1. Russell said: "I've seen some talk about that Pirates of the Caribbean, but I think they're still writing the script. Nonetheless, I am having a skull and crossbones tattooed on each of my nipples in anticipation of the plotline. I just hope it...
    on Nov 26, 2008 By: Russell Brand Source: Stuff.co.nz

  2. Mark Twain said after our refusal to grant free government to the Filipinos, "the American flag should be replaced not with the stars and stripes, forget them, it should be the Jolly Roger, the skull and crossbones, because we bring murder wherever...
    on Dec 21, 2006 By: Mark Twain Source: CounterPunch

  3. "Our head is light, it's bright, it's smiling, it's happy," Mr. Aykroyd said. "It's not an unhappy head. It's not a menacing head. It doesn't have crossbones under it."
    on May 18, 2010 By: Dan Aykroyd Source: Globe and Mail

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