move in for the kill

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move in for the kill

1. Literally, to approach someone or something with the intent of killing it. The lion moved in for the kill when it saw the injured antelope.
2. By extension, to approach someone or something with the intent to achieve a particular outcome. If someone finally shows interest in buying the house, I'm sure our realtor will move in for the kill.
See also: kill, move

move in for the kill

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go for the kill

COMMON In a fight or contest, if someone moves in for the kill or goes for the kill, they act decisively to defeat their enemy or opponent. Manager Graeme Souness had urged his players to go for the kill and that vital breakthrough almost came after 14 minutes. As his partner moved in for the kill, Richard made his excuses and left. Note: Other verbs are sometimes used instead of move in or go. Like a cat playing with a wounded mouse, he was in no great hurry to close in for the kill.
See also: kill, move