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kill 1

v. killed, kill·ing, kills
a. To put to death: Who killed Julius Caesar?
b. To deprive of life: Smallpox killed millions of people in the 1900s.
2. To put an end to; extinguish: The rain killed our plans for a picnic.
a. To destroy a vitally essential quality in: Too much garlic killed the taste of the meat.
b. To cause to cease operating; turn off: killed the motor.
c. To tire out completely; exhaust: "The trip to work, and the boredom and nervousness of jobs, kills men" (Jimmy Breslin).
4. To pass (time) in aimless activity: killed a few hours before the flight by sightseeing.
5. To consume entirely; finish off: kill a bottle of brandy.
6. Sports To prevent the opposing team from scoring on a power play during (a penalty), as in ice hockey.
7. To cause extreme pain or discomfort to: My shoes are killing me.
8. To mark for deletion; rule out: killed the story.
9. To thwart passage of; veto: kill a congressional bill.
10. Informal To overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration: The outstanding finale killed the audience.
11. Sports
a. To hit (a ball) with great force.
b. To hit (a ball) with such force as to make a return impossible, as in volleyball.
1. To cause death or extinction; be fatal.
2. Informal To make such a strong impression as to overcome: dress to kill.
3. Informal To be very painful or uncomfortable.
1. The act of killing.
a. An animal killed, especially in hunting.
b. A person killed or to be killed: "Infantrymen ... had seen too many kills suddenly get up and run away or shoot at them as they approached" (Nelson DeMille).
c. An event in which large numbers of individuals are killed: a fish kill.
d. The act of attacking and destroying an enemy aircraft, vessel, or missile.
3. Sports In games such as volleyball and tennis, a shot that is so forcefully hit that it cannot be returned.
Phrasal Verb:
kill off
To destroy in large numbers, often to the point of extinction.
in at/on the kill
Present at the moment of triumph.

[Middle English killen, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

kill 2

n. New York State
See creek. See Note at run.

[Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille.]
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Verb1.kill off - kill en massekill off - kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many; "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
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(kil) verb
to cause the death of. He killed the rats with poison; The outbreak of typhoid killed many people; The flat tyre killed our hopes of getting home before midnight.
an act of killing. The hunter was determined to make a kill before returning to the camp.
ˈkiller noun
a person, animal etc that kills. There is a killer somewhere in the village; (also adjective) a killer disease.
kill off
to destroy completely. So many deer have been shot that the species has almost been killed off.
kill time
to find something to do to use up spare time. I'm just killing time until I hear whether I've got a job or not.
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References in classic literature ?
Once a Sultan proposed to kill off all the dogs here, and did begin the work--but the populace raised such a howl of horror about it that the massacre was stayed.
But our best hope, it was decided, was to kill off the buccaneers until they either hauled down their flag or ran away with the HISPANIOLA.
In Noah's flood, he despised Noah's Ark; and if ever the world is to be again flooded, like the Netherlands, to kill off its rats, then the eternal whale will still survive, and rearing upon the topmost crest of the equatorial flood, spout his frothed defiance to the skies.
Who can flourish in the midst of diseases that kill off whole peoples.
As to Marie, she has spirit enough, to be sure, to kill off a whole plantation, if I'd let her manage; but she wouldn't get the cheatery out of them."
In the face of handicaps such as these the packers counted themselves lucky if they could kill off the cattle that had been crippled in transit and the hogs that had developed disease.
Danny Boyle was working on the project as director before he quit over "creative differences", which were later rumoured to involve the direction he wanted to go, namely to kill off Bond.
Summary: Source says the director refused to kill off Daniel Craig's 007
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