in the fictional world of the comic book hero Spider-Man: the precognitive ability to anticipate (and react to) dangerous situations; (hence, in figurative or allusive use) a premonition; intuition; insight
Spider Sense.—A German entomologist…claims that spiders have perfect sight only at very short distances. Their sense of touch is consequently remarkably well developed…. Their smell is so good that they can distinguish odors, and their hearing is excellent.]
In my garden I have taken away from a female spider…her precious bundle of eggs, and watched the effect. Her agitation has been marked. She has searched about for the eggs, seizing, and, by the exquisite spider sense of feel, examining minute bits of soil, etc., to see whether any of these be the missing treasure.]
My spider instinct senses danger behind me!]
If he hasn’t flown too far, I can use my spider’s senses to ‘tune in’ on the ship…get its location!]
Something new, parents! Spider-Man vitamins from Hudson…. Your kids won’t forget to take their vitamins…when they know ‘spider sense’ will help them remember!
My spider sense is tingling (you know, those little lines that surround Spiderman’s head when danger is nearby). I have this feeling all sorts of tantalizing news is working its way down the pike.
Last year I make a surprise block on Cleveland’s Clay Matthews, he gets up and says, ‘Good play. You must have used your Spider Sense.’
He called it the ‘spider sense’—when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
A veteran lifeguard for 24 years, with the sun-bleached hair and deep tan to show for it, he usually noticed when something was wrong. He calls it his ‘spider sense.’
Usually I can detect instantly whether I’m dealing with a member of the world’s weirdest book club or a normal late-night browser. But now my spider-sense is jammed.
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