18-wheeler Verb, e.g., Sandra Bullock’s hubby was 18-wheelered in “Premonition” (2007).
Definition: Killed accidentally by a semi.
History: Murderers drive cars, but Cruel Fate rolls in an 18-wheeler. That’s because nothing says “OUCH!” to audiences like an innocent character smacked by a semi. Whether a semi is 4 or 400 feet away from its victim, the rule is it cannot slow or swerve, but must speed forward blasting its horn. One rare exception is the truck in “North by Northwest” (1959) that stops as it knocks Cary Grant on his back. Of course, this truck is the mother of all inertia. Seconds later it doesn’t budge when struck broadside by an airplane.
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