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bump off

1. To unexpectedly remove someone from something, often a list or schedule. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bump" and "off" or after "off." I'm staying in Denver another night because I got bumped off my flight. Unfortunately, we ran out of time during tonight's show and had to bump our musical guest off.
2. To cause one to abruptly lose one's Internet or other connection. No, the page didn't load because I got bumped off the Internet. Back when we had dial-up Internet, just picking up the phone would bump you off your connection.
3. slang To kill someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bump" and "off" or after "off." Ray bumped off the informant, just as the boss told him to.
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bump someone off

 and knock someone off
Sl. to kill someone. They tried to bump her off, but she was too clever and got away. The crooks threatened to bump off the witness to the crime.
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bump off

Kill, murder, as in The convict bragged about bumping off his partner, or The first fighter plane bumped off three enemy aircraft. This term was at first principally criminal slang and somewhat later military jargon. [Slang; c. 1900]
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bump off

v.
1. To remove someone or something from a list or hierarchy due to lack of time or space: To make room for people who would pay for seats, the concert manager bumped off everybody on the guest list. The airline had to bump me off because the flight was oversold.
2. To break someone's connection between a computer and the Internet or other network: Something strange happened on my computer and it has bumped me off the Internet. I got bumped off before I could finish downloading the file.
3. Slang To murder someone: The gang threatened to bump off anyone who interfered with their plan. The ringleader hired someone to bump his enemies off.
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We don't want to bump them off the front page so we'll push it later" - Actor Hugh Laurie (pictured) who is delaying publication of his first album so it does not clash with the royal wedding.
Desperate to get his hands on the orphans'' inheritance, he launches a dastardly campaign to bump them off, but thanks to their remarkable abilities, loyalty and strong survival instincts, the orphans escape his villainous clutches.
This time we also meet the rich types paying to bump them off.
The Baudelaire children are orphans taken in by the enigmatic Count Olaf, who tries to bump them off so he can get his hands on their fortune.
They hate strangers and bump them off at every opportunity, while Harvey and Val Denton are the relatives from Hell.
HitmanSly Stallone tires of meeting people only to bump them off.
Desperate to get his hands on the orphans' inheritance, he launches a dastardly campaign to bump them off, but thanks to their remarkable abilities, loyalty and strong survival instincts, the orphans keep foiling his villainous plans.
A bunch of sorority girls are harassed by calls from a scary stranger who starts to bump them off.
Paige (Rose McGowan) reunited the siblings' strength and has allowed them to continue to fight against the assorted warlocks and other nasty entities trying to bump them off.
CAMERON Diaz, the blonde last seen lighting up Jim Carrey's life in The Mask, turns homicidal in THE LAST SUPPER, a black comedy about impeccably liberal friends who believe the best way to deal with extremists is to give them a good dinner first then bump them off.
A lot of these people get eaten and die horrible deaths during the course of the film and it's always more powerful if you get to know somebody before you bump them off.
Take Edward and Tubbs, who live in ``a local shop for local people'', hate strangers and bump them off at every opportunity, while Harvey and Val Denton are the relatives from Hell.