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kill1 British & World English

Cause the death of (a person, animal, or other living thing)

kill2 British & World English

(In place names, especially in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) a stream, creek, or tributary

kill English Thesaurus

gangs killed twenty-seven people

shoot the messenger British & World English

Treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it

no-kill British & World English

A policy or an animal shelter in which abandoned, neglected, or lost animals are not put to sleep even if no home can be found for them

kill file British & World English

(In a Usenet program) a file into which one may put particular email addresses or keywords, posts from or containing which are then automatically deleted without being displayed

top kill British & World English

A procedure designed to seal a leaking oil well, whereby large amounts of a material heavier than the oil, e.g. mud, are pumped into the affected well

kill ratio British & World English

The proportion of casualties on each side in a military action

kill or cure British & World English

(Of a remedy for a problem) likely to either work well or fail catastrophically, with no possibility of partial success

kill out in kill1 British & World English

(Of an animal) yield (a specified amount of meat) when slaughtered

dressed to kill British & World English

Wearing glamorous clothes intended to create a striking impression

go for the kill British & World English

Take ruthless or decisive action to turn a situation to one’s advantage

kill oneself laughing British & World English

Be overcome with laughter

kill the fatted calf British & World English

Produce one’s best food to celebrate, especially at a prodigal’s return

be in at the kill British & World English

Be present at or benefit from the successful conclusion of an enterprise

kill someone/thing off in kill1 British & World English

Get rid of or destroy completely, especially in large numbers

kill someone off in kill1 British & World English

(Of a writer) bring about the ‘death’ of a fictional character

shoot British & World English

Fire a bullet from a gun or discharge an arrow from a bow

kill someone with kindness British & World English

Spoil someone by overindulging them

killjoy British & World English

A person who deliberately spoils the enjoyment of others

no kill in no-kill British & World English

A policy or an animal shelter in which abandoned, neglected, or lost animals are not put to sleep even if no home can be found for them

buzzkill British & World English

A person or thing that has a depressing or dispiriting effect

killing zone British & World English

The area of a military engagement with a high concentration of fatalities

kill zone in killing zone British & World English

The area of a military engagement with a high concentration of fatalities

roadkill British & World English

A killing of an animal on the road by a vehicle

kill the goose that lays the golden eggs British & World English

Destroy a reliable and valuable source of income

kill or cure in kill1 British & World English

(Of a remedy for a problem) likely to either work well or fail catastrophically, with no possibility of partial success

dressed to kill in dress British & World English

Wearing glamorous clothes intended to create a striking impression

go for the kill in kill1 British & World English

Take ruthless or decisive action to turn a situation to one’s advantage

shoot the messenger in messenger British & World English

Treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it

kill the fatted calf in fat British & World English

Produce one’s best food to celebrate, especially at a prodigal’s return

be in at the kill in kill1 British & World English

Be present at or benefit from the successful conclusion of an enterprise

kill someone with kindness in kill1 British & World English

Spoil someone by overindulging them

go or move in or close in for the kill in kill1 British & World English

Take ruthless or decisive action to turn a situation to one’s advantage

kill the goose that lays the golden eggs in egg1 British & World English

Destroy a reliable and valuable source of income

kill someone with or by kindness in kill1 British & World English

Spoil someone by overindulging them


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