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kill (something) stone dead

To totally halt or end something; to destroy or ruin something utterly. The nasty feedback she got about the piece killed her ambition to be a painter stone dead. Many thought the rise of digital media formats would kill physical media stone dead, but people have proven that their desire to collect and own something outright often outweighs their desire for convenience.
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stone dead

Rur. dead; unquestionably dead; long dead. The cat was stone dead and stiff as a board by the time we got to him. Old Tom is stone dead and in the ground.
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kill something stone ˈdead

(informal) completely destroy something; end something: This has killed my chances of promotion in this company stone dead.
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stone dead

mod. dead; unquestionably dead; long dead. The cat was stone dead and stiff as a board by the time we got to him.
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The bar has always functioned as a hub for student life, and its removal will Kill stone dead activity on campus.
This would solve the constitutional mess created by the Labour Party, kill stone dead the issue of ' independence'' for a generation or more, and allow the next Assembly election to be fought on policies that would actually help Wales develop as a nation.
Before that theory is developed, let me kill stone dead the scurrilous interpretation placed by the South African media on a press conference given on Saturday by Steve Harmison.
Counsel for former Guinness chief executive Ernest Saunders said the Lords' ruling that the Act did not apply retrospectively to appeals ``does not kill stone dead each and every argument''.