- 1[transitive, intransitive] kill (somebody/something/yourself) to make someone or something die Cancer kills thousands of people every year. Three people were killed in the crash. He tried to kill himself with sleeping pills. I bought a spray to kill the weeds. (informal) My mother will kill me (= be very angry with me) when she finds out. Don't kill yourself trying to get the work done by tomorrow. It can wait. I nearly killed myself carrying that suitcase all the way here. Drunk driving can kill.
- 2[transitive] kill something to destroy or spoil something or make it stop to kill a rumor Do you agree that television kills conversation? The defeat last night killed the team's chances of qualifying.
- 3[transitive] kill somebody it kills somebody to do something (informal) (usually used in the progressive tenses and not used in the passive) to cause someone pain or suffering My feet are killing me.
- 4 [transitive] kill somebody to make someone laugh a lot Stop it! You're killing me! Idioms
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NAmE//kɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kill
he / she / it kills
past simple killed
-ing form killing
used to tell someone not to ask questions or try to find out about things that do not concern them
curiosity killed the cat (saying)jump to other results
wearing the kind of clothes that will make people notice and admire you
dressed to kill (informal)jump to other results
to have nothing to do or not be busy
have time on your hands, have time to kill (informal)jump to other results
used to describe the very angry or unpleasant way someone is/was looking at you If looks could kill, she thought, seeing the expression that came over his face when he saw her, she'd be dead on the pavement. I don't know what I've done to upset him, but if looks could kill…
if looks could kill…jump to other results
to destroy something that would make you rich, successful, etc.
kill the goose that lays the golden egg/eggs (saying)jump to other results
to spend time doing something that is not important while you are waiting for something else to happen We killed time playing cards.
kill time, kill an hour, a couple of hours, etc.jump to other results
to achieve two things at the same time with one action
kill two birds with one stonejump to other results
to be so kind to someone or something that you in fact harm them
kill somebody/something with kindnessjump to other results
if a sports team tries to run down/out the clock or kill the clock at the end of a game, it stops trying to score and just tries to keep hold of the ball to stop the other team from scoring Phrasal Verbskill somebody/somethingoff
run down/run out/kill the clockjump to other results