in at the kill

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in at the kill

 and in on the kill 
1. Lit. present and participating in the killing of prey. The baby cheetah wanted to be in on the kill.
2. Fig. involved at the final moment of something in order to share in the spoils. At the end of the battle, everyone wanted to be in at the kill. The press packed the room, wanting to be in on the kill of the governor's resignation.
See also: kill

in at the kill

BRITISH or

in on the kill

If someone is in at the kill or is in on the kill, they are present and either watching or taking part when a contest or struggle comes to an end and one side is defeated. The government looked weak, and Cranborne's friends urged him to come to London to be in at the kill. Burns had sparked the action after only five miles of the race and was in at the kill 106 miles and four-and-a-quarter hours later. Note: This expression comes from fox-hunting, where hunters want to be present when the fox is killed.
See also: kill