To snuff out
Snuff Snuff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snuffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snuffing}.] [OE. snuffen. See {Snuff} of a candle {Snuff} to sniff.] To crop the snuff of, as a candle; to take off the end of the snuff of. [1913 Webster]

{To snuff out}, to extinguish by snuffing. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • snuff out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms snuff out : present tense I/you/we/they snuff out he/she/it snuffs out present participle snuffing out past tense snuffed out past participle snuffed out 1) snuff out or snuff to make a flame stop burning by… …   English dictionary

  • snuff out — 1) PHRASAL VERB To snuff out something such as a disagreement means to stop it, usually in a forceful or sudden way. [V n P] Every time a new flicker of resistance appeared, the government snuffed it out... [V P n (not pron)] The recent rebound… …   English dictionary

  • snuff out something — snuff out (something) to put an end to something. The bomber triggered his explosion and snuffed out the lives of 167 innocent people in that building. Before he could reach the top in his career, a scandal almost snuffed it out. Etymology: based …   New idioms dictionary

  • snuff out — (something) to put an end to something. The bomber triggered his explosion and snuffed out the lives of 167 innocent people in that building. Before he could reach the top in his career, a scandal almost snuffed it out. Etymology: based on the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • snuff (out) —    to kill    Like extinguishing a candle:     You mean you make sure he doesn t go off like a mad dog, snuffing people left and right, (van Lustbaden, 1983)     I d have snuffed out every life in India. (Fraser, 1975)    To snuff it is to die:… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • snuff out — verb 1. put an end to; kill (Freq. 1) The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children • Syn: ↑extinguish • Derivationally related forms: ↑extinction (for: ↑extinguish), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • snuff out — verb a) To extinguish, to stop a process, to kill, to rub out. b) To kill a living being, especially the killing of a person engaged in sexual intercourse …   Wiktionary

  • snuff out — abruptly put an end to. → snuff …   English new terms dictionary

  • snuff out — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To cause to stop burning or giving light: douse, extinguish, put out, quench. See CONTINUE. 2. To destroy all traces of: abolish, annihilate, blot out, clear, eradicate, erase, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate,… …   English dictionary for students

  • snuff out — extinguish; destroy; bring to a sudden end; crush; kill (Informal) …   English contemporary dictionary

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