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kill the clock

In sports, to protect a lead by using up as much possible time that remains in a game or match without giving the opposing team a chance to score, generally by maintaining a passive or defensive strategy. With just a narrow two-point lead, the home team is trying to kill the clock to hold out for a win. I don't know, Jim, there's a lot of game time left for them to start killing the clock.
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kill (one)self

1. To commit suicide. Once John realized he had begun to have thoughts of killing himself, he decided to seek help.
2. To bring about one's death by performing a particular action. This phrase can be said when one's life is or could be in danger, but it is often used figuratively. I can hardly breathe—I'm going to kill myself if I go back on the treadmill right now! If they try driving home in this snow, they'll kill themselves—tell them to get a hotel room for the night.
3. To overexert oneself. Don't kill yourself trying to get the report done tonight—it's not due until next week anyway.
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kill two birds with one stone

To complete, achieve, or take care of two tasks at the same time or with a singular series of actions; to solve two problems with one action or solution. I might as well kill two birds with one stone and drop off my tax forms while I'm at the mall for the computer part I need. Bike-to-work schemes are a great way of killing two birds with one stone: getting more exercise while cutting down on the cost of your daily commute.
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go at something like a boy killing snakes

Rur. to do something with a great deal of energy. Once Mary decided to take that test, she went at her books like a boy killing snakes. I hired Joe to weed my garden, and he went at it like a boy killing snakes.
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kill two birds with one stone

Fig. to solve two problems at one time with a single action. John learned the words to his part in the play while peeling potatoes. He was killing two birds with one stone. I have to cash a check and make a payment on my bank loan. I'll kill two birds with one stone by doing them both in one trip to the bank.
See also: bird, kill, one, stone, two

make a killing

Fig. to have a great success, especially in making money. John has got a job selling insurance. He's not exactly making a killing. Bill made a killing at the racetrack yesterday.
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something is killing someone

Fig. something is causing someone pain. Wow, my feet are killing me!
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kill two birds with one stone

to do two things at the same time using the effort needed to do only one I killed two birds with one stone and saw some old friends while I was in Louisiana visiting my parents.
See also: bird, kill, one, stone, two

make a killing

to quickly earn a lot of money Street vendors should make a killing today selling souvenirs.
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kill two birds with one stone

to manage to do two things at the same time instead of just one, because it is convenient to do both I killed two birds with one stone and saw some old friends while I was in Leeds visiting my parents.
See also: bird, kill, one, stone, two

make a killing

  (informal)
to earn a lot of money very easily (often + on ) She made a killing on the house so she can't be short of money.
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kill two birds with one stone

Achieve two ends with a single effort, as in As long as I was in town on business, I thought I'd kill two birds and visit my uncle too . This expression is so well known that it is often shortened, as in the example. [c. 1600]
See also: bird, kill, one, stone, two

make a killing

Enjoy a large and quick profit, as in They made a killing in real estate. This expression alludes to a hunter's success. [Slang; late 1800s]
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more than one way to skin a cat

More than one method to reach the same end, as in We can get around that by renting instead of buying a computer-there's more than one way to skin a cat . This expression may be an American version of the earlier British more ways of killing a cat, but why the death of a cat should be alluded to at all is not clear. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: cat, more, one, skin, way

killing

n. a great financial success. Sally made a real killing in the stock market.

make a killing

tv. to make an enormous profit; to become an enormous success. I wanted to make a killing as a banker, but it didn’t work out.
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Media headlines throughout the year-once again-were punctuated by killing of women which in the same media is portrayed as "passion" killings.
While Muslims are not the sole perpetrators of honor killings, a recent survey showed that 91 percent of honor killings worldwide are committed by Muslims, and 84 percent of honor killings in the United States were done by Muslims.
KARACHI, June 19 -- Security forces on Friday claimed to have arrested a man believed to be affiliated with the underworld and involved in targeted killings of four workers of coalition parties of the Sindh government.
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Japan-based human rights groups urged visiting Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday to take further steps to halt the hundreds of execution-style killings carried out in the Philippines and punish the perpetrators amid a spate of such killings.
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