- An act of causing death, especially deliberately: the community was shocked by the brutal killings [mass noun]: years of killing and destructionMore example sentences
murder, taking of life, assassination, homicide, manslaughter, liquidation, elimination, putting/doing to death, execution, dispatch, martyrdom; slaughter, massacre, butchery, carnage, bloodshed, destruction, decimation, extermination, eradication, annihilation, wiping out, extinction; patricide, matricide, parricide, infanticide, filicide• literary slaying
- The village of Murma is in shock over the brutal killings of two young boys by their teacher.
- The brutal killings, many of which were committed using knives and swords, had begun.
- Officers at the scene said it was one of the most brutal killings they had ever seen.
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- 1Causing death: a killing diseaseMore example sentences
- Most are fighting chickens he breeds for death in the killing pits across the state line in Louisiana.
- This killing stock transmits death to the branches upon it.
- Cancer is one of the four big killing diseases in childhood; after leukaemia, tumours of the central nervous system are the most common cancers in childhood.
- 2 • informal Exhausting or unbearable: a killing scheduleMore example sentences
exhausting, gruelling, punishing, taxing, draining, wearing, prostrating, sapping, crushing, tiring, fatiguing, debilitating, enervating, arduous, tough, demanding, onerous, strenuous, rigorous, relentless, unsparing, grinding, formidableBritish • informal knackeringunbearable, intolerable, unendurable, not to be borne, more than one can bear, more than flesh and blood can stand, insupportable, impossible; cruel, heartbreaking, painful, excruciating, agonizing, grievous
- Fatigue is the killing weight of expectation; and that burden is another good reason for fearing the worst.
- DH is the supervisor of the maintenance area and is having problems keeping people, and the killing schedule is a big part of the reason.
- Sounds like a killing timetable dear - try to take care of yourself in all this!
- 2.1 • dated Extremely funny.More example sentencesSynonyms
make a killing
- • informal Have a great financial success: they’re a safe investment, you can make a killing overnightMore example sentences
- The companies and financial advisers involved made a killing from selling these policies - until the consequences began to come to light.
- If a 14-year-old with a Net connection could move markets and make a killing, all that supposed training and experience of financial analysts was an elaborate fiction.
- In the short term, anybody with a view to making a killing will be disappointed.
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- The story gives us one killingly funny observation after another: ‘Parker and his graduate student colleagues liked to theorize about the real world.’
- It seems a strange role for him, very British in its humour and, on the page at least, killingly unfunny.
- To my mind, Alan's film is daring, experimental, ballsy - it's something new, for Christ's sake, new! - and killingly funny.