mur|der1 W2S3 [ˈmə:də US ˈmə:rdər] n
[Origin: Partly from Old English morthor, partly from Old French murdre]
1.) [U and C]
the crime of deliberately killing someone
On the night the murder was committed , he was out of the country.
The man accused of her murder will appear in court today.
murder of
the brutal murder of a young child
He was found guilty of attempted murder .
She was charged with two counts of first degree murder .
The mother of the murder victim wept in court.
Police are still searching for the murder weapon .
Detectives have launched a murder investigation .
2.) get away with murder informal
to do anything you want, even things that are wrong, without being punished
She lets those kids get away with murder.
3.) be murder
spoken to be very difficult or unpleasant
It's murder doing the shopping on Saturdays.
The traffic was murder this morning.
4.) be murder on sth
spoken to harm or damage something else
These new shoes are murder on my feet.
scream blue murder atscream1 (1)
COLLOCATES for sense 1
commit (a) murder
investigate a murder
accuse somebody of murder/charge somebody with murder
a brutal murder
attempted murder (=the crime of trying to kill someone)
first-degree murder American English (=the most serious type of murder under US law)
mass murder (=of a large number of people)
murder victim
murder weapon
murder investigation/inquiry
murder case/trial
murder charge
murder 2
murder2 v [T]
1.) to kill someone deliberately and illegally
He was convicted of murdering a policeman.
Thousands of civilians were brutally murdered during the civil war.
the murdered man
see usage notekill1
2.) informal to spoil a song, play etc by performing it very badly
It's a good song, but they murdered it.
3.) sb will murder you
spoken used to tell someone that another person will be very angry with them
Your dad'll murder you when he hears about it.
4.) I could murder a beer/pizza etc
BrE spoken used to say that you are very hungry or thirsty and want a particular food or drink
5.) informal to defeat someone completely
They murdered us in the final.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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