kill off
transitive verb Date: 1607 to destroy in large numbers or totally

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  • kill off — verb kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many (Freq. 1) Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe • Syn: ↑exterminate • Derivationally related forms: ↑exterminator (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • kill off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms kill off : present tense I/you/we/they kill off he/she/it kills off present participle killing off past tense killed off past participle killed off 1) to destroy living things so that most or all of them are… …   English dictionary

  • kill off — 1) see kill 3) 2) PHRASAL VERB If you say that a group or an amount of something has been killed off, you mean that all of them or all of it have been killed or destroyed. [be V ed P] Their natural predators have been killed off... [V n P] It is… …   English dictionary

  • kill off — phr verb Kill off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑character, ↑hope …   Collocations dictionary

  • kill off — kill all, kill every one    The oil killed off the ducks in the bays along the coast …   English idioms

  • kill off — kill or end completely, destroy The pollution in the river has killed off all of the fish …   Idioms and examples

  • kill off — {v.} To kill or end completely; destroy. * /The factory dumped poisonous wastes into the river and killed off the fish./ * /The president suggested a new law to Congress but many members of Congress were against the idea and they killed it off./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kill off — {v.} To kill or end completely; destroy. * /The factory dumped poisonous wastes into the river and killed off the fish./ * /The president suggested a new law to Congress but many members of Congress were against the idea and they killed it off./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kill\ off — v To kill or end completely; destroy. The factory dumped poisonous wastes into the river and killed off the fish. The president suggested a new law to Congress but many members of Congress were against the idea and they killed it off. Mother made …   Словарь американских идиом

  • kill off — verb To eliminate, or make extinct We killed off the Dodo by over hunting …   Wiktionary

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