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kill (an amount of time)

To engage in an activity, usually an aimless or idle one, to occupy oneself, especially with the goal of making the amount of time seem to pass more quickly or less slowly. I'm going to walk down to the bookstore to kill a couple hours before my flight. Do you want anything? The game is great if you want to kill a few minutes here and there, but it gets pretty tiresome playing it for long stretches.
See also: amount, kill, of

kill (oneself) (doing something)

To overexert oneself or overextend one's effort while doing something. Don't kill yourself trying to get the report done tonight—it's not due until next week anyway. They're killing themselves finishing the last touches on the exterior of the house before the storm hits us.
See also: kill


1. tv. to be very successful with an audience; to perform very well for an audience. She really killed them with that last joke.
2. tv. to eat all of something; to drink all (of a bottle) of something. We finally killed the last of the turkey.
3. tv. to douse a light. Would you kill the light so they can’t see we’re home?
4. tv. to stop or terminate something; to quash a story; to stop a story from being printed in a newspaper. Kill that story. It’s got too many errors.


/run down/run out the clock
Sports To preserve a lead by maintaining possession of the ball or puck until playing time expires.
References in classic literature ?
Where he finds him, there he kills him, remembering how the First of the Tigers was made ashamed.
But I--but we--but all the Jungle knows that Shere Khan kills Man twice and thrice in a moon.
After that inspection the cubs are free to run where they please, and until they have killed their first buck no excuse is accepted if a grown wolf of the Pack kills one of them.
This cattle-killer said he would kill me in the Council because he had not killed me when I was a cub.
6 service points with 4 aces, 1 dig); Wells (3 kills, 2 service points); Bun (2 service pts, 3 digs); McDonell (3 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig); Gum (3 assists); Mantia (1 kill, 7 service points with 1 ace, 1 digs); Sellers (2 service pts, 1 dig); Johnston (1 kill, 1 block, 1 dig); Piech (3 service points, 1 dig); Decker (1 kill.
George Banks kills five of his children and 8 other people.
2 : to put an end to <Aspirin will kill this headache.
On November 10, 2006, a Catholic nun, Theophister Mukakibibi, was sentenced to thirty years in jail for helping Hutu militia to kill hundreds of Tutsis, who were hiding in a hospital, during Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
In "Truth, Death and Journalism: We Kill Journalists, Don't We?
DECEMBER 2003 27th Suicide bombers kill 19 in attacks in Kerbala.
The Hutu-controlled army, the gendarmerie, and the militias worked together to round up and kill Tutsi men, women, and children.
The coating does not kill all the bacteria that land on it, comments Jonathan Dordick, a chemical engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.
I spent almost a quarter of a century as an army infantry officer and a psychologist, learning and studying how to enable people to kill.
This winter, alaska residents are debating a controversial plan to kill wolves.