kill1 W1S1 [kıl] v
1¦(make somebody/something die)¦
2 kill yourself
3¦(make something stop/fail)¦
4¦(be angry with somebody)¦
6 would/could kill for something
7 my head/back etc is killing me
8 kill time/an hour etc
9 kill a beer/bottle of wine etc
10¦(make somebody laugh)¦
11 it won't/wouldn't kill somebody (to do something)
12 (even) if it kills me
13 kill two birds with one stone
14 kill the goose that lays the golden egg
15 kill the fatted calf
16 kill somebody with kindness
17 kill or cure
Phrasal verbs
 kill something<=>off
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Old English cyllan]
to make a person or animal die
Why did she kill her husband?
Murray held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.
Four people were killed when a train plunged into a flooded river.
be killed instantly/outright
The driver was killed instantly.
Bleach kills household germs.
Smoking kills.
2.) kill yourself
a) to cause your own death
You're going to kill yourself on that bike.
After her husband died, Mary tried to kill herself.
b) to work very hard to achieve something in a way that makes you ill or tired
It's not worth killing yourself over it.
kill yourself to do sth
He about killed himself to make the business go.
to make something stop operating or fail
Joe pulled in and killed the engine.
The out-of-town shopping centre will kill local trade.
kill your speed
(=drive slowly)
4.) ¦(BE ANGRY WITH SOMEBODY)¦ [T] informal
to be very angry with someone
Mom will kill me if I'm late.
5.) ¦(ANNOYED/SAD)¦ [T]
to make someone feel annoyed, sad, concerned etc
it kills sb to do sth
It kills me to see him working so hard.
What happened next? The suspense is killing me .
6.) would/could kill for sth also would kill to do sth
to want something so much that you will do almost anything to get it or do it
I could kill for a smoke right now.
In those days, actors would kill to break into film.
7.) my head/back etc is killing me
spoken used to say that a part of your body is hurting a lot
I've walked miles and my feet are killing me.
8.) kill time/an hour etc
to spend time doing something which is not important while you are waiting to do something important or waiting for something else to happen
With time to kill, he took a cab to the centre.
9.) kill a beer/bottle of wine etc
spoken to drink or finish drinking a beer etc quickly
Let's kill these beers and go.
to make someone laugh a lot
kill yourself laughing
They weren't bothered -- in fact they were killing themselves laughing.
11.) it won't/wouldn't kill sb (to do sth)
spoken used to say that someone could easily do something, and ought to do it
It wouldn't kill you to help out once in a while.
12.) (even) if it kills me
spoken used to emphasize that you are determined to do something even though it is very difficult
I'm completing this course, even if it kills me.
13.) kill two birds with one stone
to achieve two things with one action
14.) kill the goose that lays the golden egg
to destroy the thing that brings you profit or success
15.) kill the fatted calf
to welcome someone home with a big meal etc after they have been away for a long time
16.) kill sb with kindness
to be too kind to someone, in a way that actually harms them
17.) kill or cure
used to say that something you are going to do will be either successful or fail completely
dressed to kill atdressed
kill off [kill sth<=>off] phr v
1.) to cause the death of a lot of living things
= ↑destroy
Pollution is rapidly killing off plant life.
2.) to stop or remove something completely
= ↑destroy
These figures kill off any hope that the economy is poised for recovery.
WORD CHOICE: kill, murder, execute, put to death, kill yourself, commit suicide, slaughter, massacre, assassinate
There are many different words meaning to kill someone. Kill is the most general : He says he did not mean to kill his wife. | Thousands of Russian soldiers were killed in the war.
Use murder to talk about deliberately killing someone, especially after planning to do it : He is charged with murdering a policeman.
When you are talking about killing someone as a punishment for a crime, use execute or put someone to death : He was executed by a firing squad. | the first person to be put to death in San Quentin jail
If someone deliberately causes their own death, say that they commit suicide or that someone kills himself or herself : the feeling of hopelessness that led him to commit suicide, |It was not the first time she had tried to kill herself.
Slaughter and massacre mean to violently kill a large number of people who cannot defend themselves. These words are used mainly in writing or journalism : Hundreds of innocent civilians were slaughtered. | Soldiers massacred 900 men, women, and children in the village.
Use assassinate to talk about killing an important person, especially a politician : J.F.Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.
kill 2
kill2 n
1.) [C usually singular]
the act of killing a hunted animal
He raised his knife for the kill.
2.) move in/close in for the kill
to come closer to something in order to kill, defeat, or destroy it
Enemy submarines were moving in for the kill.
3.) [singular]
an animal that is killed by another animal
The cubs will share the remains of the kill.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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