kill (one)self

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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.
See also: kill

ˈkill yourself (ˈlaughing)

(British English, informal) laugh a lot: It was a very funny video. We killed ourselves laughing from beginning to end.He just stood there, killing himself laughing.
See also: kill
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On the narrow Augesd Dam where for so many years the old miller had been accustomed to sit in his tasseled cap peacefully angling, while his grandson, with shirt sleeves rolled up, handled the floundering silvery fish in the watering can, on that dam over which for so many years Moravians in shaggy caps and blue jackets had peacefully driven their two-horse carts loaded with wheat and had returned dusty with flour whitening their carts- on that narrow dam amid the wagons and the cannon, under the horses' hoofs and between the wagon wheels, men disfigured by fear of death now crowded together, crushing one another, dying, stepping over the dying and killing one another, only to move on a few steps and be killed themselves in the same way.
The people most killed themselves laughing; and when the king got done capering and capered off behind the scenes, they roared and clapped and stormed and haw- hawed till he come back and done it over again, and after that they made him do it another time.
He thought about a great many things--about his present troubles and past days of bachelorship, and about the Lincoln greens, long since dispersed up and down the country, no one knew whither: with the exception of two who had been unfortunately beheaded, and four who had killed themselves with drinking.
Men had killed themselves ere now in such excesses, a dreary and degraded end that made John shudder.
Our surgeon charged the men to cause the meat to be boiled while they stayed, and to keep guard in the cook-room, to prevent the men taking it to eat raw, or taking it out of the pot before it was well boiled, and then to give every man but a very little at a time: and by this caution he preserved the men, who would otherwise have killed themselves with that very food that was given them on purpose to save their lives.
In 2011, there were two female prisoners who killed themselves compared to the 12 in 2016.
The number of committing suicide doubled in In 2011, there were two female prisoners who killed themselves compared to the 12 in 2016.
Last year 119 prisoners killed themselves in England and Wales in a jail population of 86,000.
In 2015, as many as 1,360 students ( below the age of 18) across the country killed themselves and during investigation, it was learnt that the reason why they did so was the same -- failure in examinations.
A total of 37 people aged under 35 killed themselves in Birmingham in 2014, the highest number in a single year since at least 2002, when the number was 31.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Nearly 500 active-duty and reserve personnel in the US military killed themselves last year, continuing a trend of unusually high suicide rates that have plagued the US armed force for at least seven years.
NEARLY 100 children aged ten to 14 killed themselves in the UK in the past decade, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Separate figures showed 98 children under 15 killed themselves in the UK from 2005 to 2014.
Melchert-Dinkel admitted he entered into about 10 suicide pacts and believed five killed themselves.
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