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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.
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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.
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go at something like a boy killing snakes

Rur. to do something with a great deal of energy. Once Mary decided to take that test, she went at her books like a boy killing snakes. I hired Joe to weed my garden, and he went at it like a boy killing snakes.
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make a killing

Fig. to have a great success, especially in making money. John has got a job selling insurance. He's not exactly making a killing. Bill made a killing at the racetrack yesterday.
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something is killing someone

Fig. something is causing someone pain. Wow, my feet are killing me!
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make a killing

to quickly earn a lot of money Street vendors should make a killing today selling souvenirs.
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make a killing

to earn a lot of money very easily (often + on ) She made a killing on the house so she can't be short of money.
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make a killing

Enjoy a large and quick profit, as in They made a killing in real estate. This expression alludes to a hunter's success. [Slang; late 1800s]
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more than one way to skin a cat

More than one method to reach the same end, as in We can get around that by renting instead of buying a computer-there's more than one way to skin a cat . This expression may be an American version of the earlier British more ways of killing a cat, but why the death of a cat should be alluded to at all is not clear. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: cat, more, one, skin, way


n. a great financial success. Sally made a real killing in the stock market.

make a killing

tv. to make an enormous profit; to become an enormous success. I wanted to make a killing as a banker, but it didn’t work out.
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while traveling south on Interstate 395 near Exit 91 in South Killingly.
Indeed, the support of the Killingly community has made this project a textbook case of how modern power plant development can succeed.
Staples currently operates a 830,000 square foot facility in Hagerstown, Md; a 310,000 square foot facility in Killingly, Conn.
Burgess of Webster; 2 grandchildren, Kim Wigglesworth and her husband Scott of North Grosvenordale, CT and Michelle Jodrey and her husband Chris of Killingly, CT; a great-granddaughter, Cassidy Jodrey; 2 sisters, Irene Greenwood and Lorraine White, both of Webster; nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Marilyn Kaye of Webster.
23 /PRNewswire/ -- Rogers Corporation (Amex: ROG) today celebrated the startup of a new manufacturing operation within its existing Composite Materials manufacturing plant in the Rogers section of Killingly, Connecticut.
The state-of-the-art facility will be presented publicly for the first time today, as the company hosts up to 550 Staples employees and invited guests, including keynote speaker James Abromaitis, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development; Jack Burke, Chairman of Killingly Town Council; Tom Homan, Killingly Town Manager; Staples Chairman and CEO Thomas G.
Kilingly High School, 226 Putnam Pike, Killingly, Conn.
The assets to be sold include all of the 221 Brooks drug stores in the six New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont as well as the Brooks warehouse and distribution facility located in Killingly, Connecticut.
To service Staples' growing needs in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, two other state-of-the-art distribution facilities were recently opened in Killingly, Conn.
NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today that the company has signed a lease for 50 acres of land in Killingly, Connecticut as the site of its newest distribution center.
8 at Killingly High School, 226 Putnam Pike, Dayville, Conn.
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