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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.
See also: clock, kill

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.
See also: kill

Curiosity killed the cat.

Prov. Being curious can get you into trouble. (Often used to warn someone against prying into other's affairs.) Jill: Where did you get all that money? Jane: Curiosity killed the cat.
See also: cat, curiosity, killed

killed outright

killed immediately. The driver was killed outright in the accident. Twenty people were killed outright in the explosion.
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little (hard) work never hurt anyone

 and little (hard) work never killed anyone
Prov. One should expect to do hard or difficult work and not avoid doing it. Go help your father with the yard work. A little hard work never hurt anyone. Go ahead. Bring me some more bricks. A little work never killed anyone.
See also: anyone, hurt, little, never, work

Curiosity killed the cat.

something that you say in order to warn someone not to ask too many questions about something 'Why are you going away so suddenly?' 'Curiosity killed the cat.'
See also: cat, curiosity, killed

curiosity killed the cat

It's best to mind one's own business. For example, Don't ask about his divorce-curiosity killed the cat. This cautionary expression sounds like the moral of some fable or folktale, but any such origin for it has been lost. The first recorded use was in O. Henry's Schools and Schools (1909).
See also: cat, curiosity, killed

killed (off)

mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. (Drugs.) The team went out drinking and came home killed off.
See also: killed, off


References in classic literature ?
I immediately pursued the Indians, with only eight men, and on the sixteenth overtook them, killed two of the party, and recovered the girls.
Bagheera killed right and left as he felt hungry, and so did Mowgli--with one exception.
No," said the genius, "I shall kill you as you killed my son," and so saying, he seized the merchant by the arm, threw him on the ground, and lifted his sabre to cut off his head.
Thus did he vaunt; but his arrow had not killed Diomed, who withdrew and made for the chariot and horses of Sthenelus, the son of Capaneus.
He looked and saw a black warrior standing beneath the very tree in which he had killed the murderer of Kala an hour before.
I shall go as I am, captain," said Biscarrat, "for I do not go to kill, I go to be killed.
A cannon ball killed someone behind them, another fell in front and splashed Dolokhov with blood.
To-mar explained to So-al that it was I who had killed the cave-lion and saved her life, and that Ajor was my woman and thus entitled to the same loyalty which was my due.
I would not care who knew that I had killed you; the pleasure of killing you would more than compensate for any punishment they might inflict upon me.
The skipper with three boys we caught on shore and killed, but first eight of us the skipper killed with his two revolvers.
We said that, in order to be strong, we must not fight one another, and we made a law that when a man killed another him would the tribe kill.
The Amazon Penthesileia, the daughter of Ares and of Thracian race, comes to aid the Trojans, and after showing great prowess, is killed by Achilles and buried by the Trojans.
The bull is killed many times in the bull-fight, and the bull does not come into the the ring out of desire.
Before the night fell Taug killed Gunto, picking a quarrel with him over his attack upon Tarzan.
Hold," said I, "stand still;" and made signs to him not to stir: immediately I presented my piece, shot, and killed one of the kids.