- 1Cause the death of (a person, animal, or other living thing): her father was killed in a car crash [no object]: a robber armed with a shotgun who kills in cold bloodMore example sentences
murder, cause the death of, take/end the life of, do away with, make away with, assassinate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, execute; slaughter, butcher, massacre, wipe out, destroy, annihilate, erase, eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, decimate, mow down, shoot down, cut down, cut to pieces; put down, put to sleep• informal bump off, polish off, do in, do for, knock off, top, take out, croak, stiff, blow away, liquidate, dispose of• literary slay
- Fish farmers are licensed to kill predators that threaten their nets, pens and fish.
- He paid tribute to the two soldiers killed in the crash.
- Hamlet is able to avenge his father's death by killing his uncle.
- 1.1 (kill someone/thing off) Get rid of or destroy completely, especially in large numbers: there is every possibility all river life would be killed off for generationsMore example sentences
- It showed the disease was still prevalent in the run-up to autumn and had not been killed off by recent warm weather, he said.
- The old Mini was effectively killed off in 1999 by safety and emissions regulations.
- The brave little boy went through six weeks of radiotherapy then another six months of chemotherapy before the cancer was finally killed off.
- 1.2 (kill someone off) (Of a writer) bring about the ‘death’ of a fictional character.More example sentences
- I'm not thinking about whether I would go back but my character was not killed off, she just left, like most people, in a black cab.
- TV detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse, played by John Thaw, was killed off last Wednesday.
- Creator David Chase reportedly considered killing Livia off and ending the series.
- 1.3 [no object] (kill out) (Of an animal) yield (a specified amount of meat) when slaughtered: the lambs kill out at 20 kg deadweightMore example sentences
- Concerns have also been raised on poor conformation scores for animals killing out with carcass weights under 300 kg.
- Now that the weight limit has been lifted, there is an interesting technical advantage to be gained for those big continental cows that may kill out at over 50 pc.
- ‘The first scheme, which rewards the breeders of cattle killing out as certain grades, would be administratively very straightforward,’ Mr Kehoe said.
- 2Put an end to or cause the failure or defeat of (something): two fast goals from Dublin killed any hopes of a famous Sligo victoryMore example sentences
destroy, put an end to, bring to an end, be the end of, end, extinguish, dash, quell, quash, ruin, wreck, shatter, smash, crush, scotch; stop, block, frustrate, thwart, put a stop to, prevent, defeat, derailveto, defeat, vote down, rule against, reject, throw out, overrule, stop, block, put a stop to, put an end to, quash, overturn, disallow• informal give the thumbs down to, squash
- Any hopes Birmingham had of getting back into the match were killed off by Wayne Rooney with a 78th minute goal.
- Nevertheless, it does mean we're in for a tedious few months as the singles sales chart is finally killed off.
- The suspended bill is then voted on by those registered to vote and if the majority vote against the bill, it is killed off.
- 2.1Stop (a computer programme or process).More example sentences
- Why I should have the right to kill a malicious process on your machine
- It also defeats all known firewalls, killing the running process, replacing the firewall icon, and allowing a stealth FTP connection.
- Users have to first kill the Msblast.exe process in Windows Task Manager before they can get anywhere.
- 2.2 • informal Switch off (a light or engine).More example sentences
- She killed the engine and climbed out.
- I ticked halfway down this service road and stopped the van and killed the lights.
- The motorcyclist killed his engine and dismounted.
- 2.3 • informal Delete (a line, paragraph, or file) from a document or computer.More example sentences
- If activated it will kill DLL files related to the updating components of various anti-virus programs.
- So I saved the space by killing all the widow lines; I could cut a word and save a line.
- That makes it difficult for such users to commit themselves to deleting files and decisions have to be made about what files to kill and what files to keep.
- 2.4(In soccer or other ball games) make (the ball) stop: after killing the ball with his chest, he brushed past ReevesMore example sentences
- A long ball in from Ball was killed by the Dutchman, who turned and hit it beyond the helpless Arthur.
- He penalised us senseless out there and they were killing so much ball.
- When the ball came off my foot on the 50-yard try, I knew I had enough distance because I killed the ball.
- 2.6Neutralize or subdue (an effect or quality): the sauce would kill the taste of the herbsMore example sentences
muffle, deaden, stifle, dampen, damp down, smother, reduce, diminish, decrease, suppress, abate, tone down, moderate, silence, mute, still, quieten, soften, quellalleviate, assuage, soothe, allay, take the edge off, mitigate, dull, blunt, mask, deaden, stifle, suppress, subdue, weaken, abate, quell, get rid of, put an end to
- The incessant spread of globalization is killing the very qualities of distinctiveness and diversity of our differing cultures that make this world such a special place to live in.
- Do not refrigerate tomatoes, or you'll kill the taste.
- This is corporate committee think, and committees always kill creativity.
- 2.7 • informal Consume the entire contents of (a bottle containing an alcoholic drink): I killed a rather good bottle of FleurieMore example sentences
- A sad thing is going up to the bar to pour your last glass of whiskey, then discovering your first glass killed the bottle.
- They killed the bottle in half an hour.
- 3 • informal Overwhelm (someone) with an emotion: the suspense is killing meMore example sentences
- He just hoped that Faye would reply soon because the suspense was killing him.
- Please. Stop. The anxiety is killing me.
- I buried my face in Scott's chest and let go of all the repressed emotions that had been slowly killing me.
- 3.1 (kill oneself) Overexert oneself: I killed myself carrying those things homeMore example sentences
- What you realise is you don't win any medals by killing yourself.
- Doing an OK job and getting 2% makes far better economic sense when compared to killing yourself and getting 3%.
- Figure that as a percentage of your take home and it becomes evident that you're killing yourself with work and family for - literally - nothing.
- 3.2Used hyperbolically to indicate that someone will be extremely angry with (another person): my boss will kill me for saying thisMore example sentences
- These pro-abortion people kill me - they all act as if the most important thing is making abortion safe.
- Dad will kill you when he finds out you're drunk!
- Bob will kill us if we don't do what we're supposed to do.
- 3.3Cause pain or anguish to: my feet are killing meMore example sentences
- I'm a bit tired today, knees and ankles are killing me from all the walking I did last night, but it was well worth it.
- But at least the new scenarios don't kill you trying to keep guests happy.
- There is no electricity, no water, the heat is killing us.
- 4Pass (time, or a specified amount of it), typically while waiting for a particular event: when he reached the station he found he actually had an hour to killMore example sentences
- Knowing that I have several hours to kill on my own and that no-one will likely pop round makes me incredibly anxious.
- This sometimes-excruciating process usually kills a half-day, and this visit was no exception.
- That was enough to kill a good few hours in the afternoon.
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- 1An act of killing, especially of one animal by another: a lion has made a killMore example sentences
- Had he taken the time to do this before, he would easily have made a kill during his journey that day, as the valley was rich with wildlife.
- The sport itself is not in the kill, but in the chase.
- But many hunts say there are enough options within the law to allow foxes, hares and deer to be legally chased by hounds, though guns may be used for the kill.
- 1.1An animal or animals killed: the vulture is able to survey the land and locate a fresh killMore example sentences
- Given a continuing rise in the kill over the past two weeks, parity with the weekly kill in 2004 will be reached by the middle of this month.
- This was how he had learned to be able to keep a kill for himself.
- Then the kill is cut up and divided among members of the boat clan, as well as the sail-makers and boatbuilders.
- 1.2 • informal An act of destroying or disabling an enemy aircraft, submarine, etc.: the engagement resulted in fifty-one tank killsMore example sentences
- There seems to be at least one confirmed kill of an enemy plane with such a rifle.
- The Submarine Service could have had a kill on the first day of the war but the torpedo went underneath a German ship.
- Three of the aircraft that scored MiG kills were older Mirages.
be in at the kill
- Be present at or benefit from the successful conclusion of an enterprise.More example sentences
- He's courageous, fast, tireless and certainly not squeamish about being in at the kill.
- In that event, it seems quite possible the French jackal will be in at the kill as well.
go (or move in or close in) for the kill
- Take ruthless or decisive action to turn a situation to one’s advantage.More example sentences
- As Watson went in for the kill, a desperate Eubank caught him with a right hand and took the ascendancy.
- During the seventh inning stretch, we went for the kill.
- So how should India go for the kill in this match?
if it kills one
- • informal Whatever the problems or difficulties involved: we are going to smile and be pleasant if it kills usMore example sentences
- I suspect the best solution to weight gain is not another miracle diet but more exercise, even if it kills you.
- We're going to do our darnedest to enjoy it though, even if it kills us!.
- In 48 hours I'll be on a plane… so unprepared for this trip, but it's going to happen and I'm going to relax and have a good time, even if it kills me.
kill oneself laughing
- • informal , chiefly British Be overcome with laughter.More example sentences
- The schedulers must have been killing themselves laughing when they thought of that little wheeze.
- When I first did a read-through round at John's house, we had to keep stopping because I was just killing myself laughing.
- Within minutes I was killing myself laughing at her description of the self - congratulatory bigwigs of the media set.
kill or cure
- British (Of a remedy for a problem) likely to either work well or fail catastrophically, with no possibility of partial success: the spring Budget will be kill or cureMore example sentences
- Then, after a greasy breakfast that was definitely kill or cure, we were into the jet boat and speeding up the river.
- It is kill or cure both for the NHS and for the Government's reputation.
- It is a radical, kill or cure treatment - both for the NHS and for Labour's electoral chances.
kill two birds with one stone
- • proverb Achieve two aims at once.More example sentences
- Since this dovetails neatly with the office Christmas party, well, I figure killing two birds with one stone would do the job nicely.
- His father-in-law had been trying unsuccessfully to sell a dilapidated house in Ilkley and the couple decided to buy it for themselves, killing two birds with one stone.
- For the polling station at Great Langton, near Northallerton, was in the bar of the village pub, offering ample opportunity for killing two birds with one stone.
kill someone with (or by) kindness
- Spoil someone by overindulging them.More example sentences
- One good way to deal with all your enemies, including pests like this guy, is to kill them with kindness.
- ‘When they realised I was really a reporter and not a spy they killed me with kindness, really,’ she said.
- At that point I figured I had two choices; either say something sarcastic and toss my hair and storm out of the cooler, or kill her with kindness.
Middle English (in the sense 'strike, beat', also 'put to death'): probably of Germanic origin and related to quell. The noun originally denoted a stroke or blow.
Entry from US English dictionary