A term initially used to describe the devastatingly effective batting line up of the 1927 New York Yankees; now the phrase is commonly used more broadly to refer to any particularly successful and/or powerful group of people.
At the charity auction, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, and Jack Nicholson were all sitting at the same table. It was a veritable murderers' row of incredible actors.
by PurpleMint November 27, 2010

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