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Noun: killing  ki-ling
  1. An event that causes someone to die
    - violent death
  2. The act of terminating a life
    - kill, putting to death
  3. [informal] A very large profit
    - cleanup
Adjective: killing  ki-ling
  1. [informal] Very funny
    "a killing joke";
    - sidesplitting
  2. Bringing death
    - fatal
  3. [informal] Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
    - arduous, backbreaking, grueling [US], gruelling [Brit, Cdn], hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome
Verb: kill  kil
  1. 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"
  2. Be fatal
    "cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills"
  3. Be the source of great pain for
    "These new shoes are killing me!"
  4. Deprive of life
    "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"
  5. Cause the death of, without intention
    "She was killed in the collision of three cars"
  6. Mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
    "kill these lines in the President's speech";
    - obliterate, wipe out
  7. Tire out completely
    "The daily stress of her work is killing her"
  8. Cause to cease operating
    "kill the engine"
  9. Destroy a vitally essential quality of or in
    "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"
  10. End or extinguish by forceful means
    "kill poverty!";
    - stamp out
  11. Thwart the passage of
    "kill a motion";
    - shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out
  12. [informal] Overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
    "The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"
  13. [informal] Drink down entirely
    "She killed a bottle of brandy that night";
    - toss off [informal], pop [informal], bolt down [informal], belt down [informal], pour down, down [informal], drink down
  14. (sport) hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games
    "She killed the ball"
  15. (sport) hit with great force
    "He killed the ball"

Derived forms: killings

See also: deadly, deathly, effortful, humorous, humourous [Brit, Cdn, non-standard], kill off, lethal, mortal, terminal

Type of: ache, be, beat [informal], blackball, conclusion, cut, destroy, destruct, drink, earnings, end, ending, exhaust, fatality, fish out [informal], hit, human death, hurt, imbibe, lucre, negative, net, net income, net profit, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, profit, profits, spifflicate [Brit, informal], spiflicate [Brit, informal], suffer, sweep over, switch off, take away, take out, terminate, termination, tucker [N. Amer, informal], tucker out [N. Amer, informal], turn off, turn out, uncreate [literary], veto, wash up

Encyclopedia: Killing

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