killer instinct

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killer instinct (uncountable)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see killer,‎ instinct.
  2. (idiomatic) The natural inclination to do whatever is necessary to succeed (including extreme violence)
    • 2011 January 25, Les Roopanarine, “Wigan 1 - 2 Aston Villa”, in BBC[1]:
      Not for the first time this season, that lack of killer instinct - combined with an approach more responsive than probing - proved costly for Martinez's men.