skull cracker


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skull cracker

[′skəl ‚krak·ər]
(engineering)
A heavy iron or steel ball that can be swung freely or dropped by a derrick to raze buildings or to compress bulky scrap. Also known as wrecking ball.

wrecking ball, skull cracker

A heavy steel ball used in structural demolition; usually swung or dropped from a crane or derrick.
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Dubbed the Skull Cracker because he pistol-whipped victims, Wheatley, 55, was serving 13 life sentences for armed robbery when he was first moved to an open prison last August.
Michael Wheatley, 55, nicknamed Skull Cracker, arriving at South East Surrey Magistrates' Court yesterday.
EVERYTHING about the case of Michael Wheatley - or Skull Cracker, as he's been affectionately dubbed on account of his habit of battering
Wheatley, dubbed the Skull Cracker because he pistol-whipped victims, was recommended for transfer to open prison by the Parole Board last August and put in Standford Hill prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
SKULL Cracker Michael Wheatley's five days on the run came to a dramatic end yesterday as he was finally cornered by armed police.
Another witness said: "I recognised him as the Skull Cracker immediately.
THE dramatic recapture of the Skull Cracker after a high-speed chase doesn't answer the most important question.
High walls and cell bars are all the Skull Cracker deserves to see for the remainder of his sentence.
MP Philip Davies has denounced whoever let out Michael Wheatley - or Skull Cracker as he was dubbed - as a "berk".
But this time the criminal isn't just Skull Cracker - it's also the system supposed to punish him.
AN MP has called for prison bosses to be sacked as a violent armed robber dubbed the Skull Cracker continues to evade police.
Most people can tell you about bows and arrows, skull crackers, war clubs and the like but the atlatl isn't something that comes up very often, even among students of native ways.