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cancel (one's) Christmas

slang To kill someone. As soon as that guy becomes a liability, I'll get Ray to cancel his Christmas, no problem.
See also: cancel, Christmas

cancel each other out

Of two things, to negate or offset one another. Because my husband and I support different political parties, our votes for president always end up canceling each other out. Neither team has an advantage in net—they both have stellar goalies that ultimately cancel each other out.
See also: cancel, each, other, out

cancel out

1. To negate or offset something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cancel" and "out" or after "out." My husband and I support different political parties, which means that his vote always cancels out mine.
2. To remove or erase something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cancel" and "out" or after "out." We just ran out of the crab special, so be sure to cancel it out on the menu.
3. To remove equal factors from a mathematical equation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cancel" and "out" or after "out." Once you cancel out those two numbers, what total are you left with?
4. slang To kill someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cancel" and "out" or after "out." Ray canceled out the informant, just as the boss told him to.
See also: cancel, out

cancel out (of)

To cease being involved in something. In this usage, the phrase is often written as "cancel out of" with the activity or event stated after "of." I had to cancel out of the play when I realized that its rehearsals conflicted with softball practice. We can't cancel out now—everyone is relying on us!
See also: cancel, out

cancel

To reject, spurn, disregard, or permanently dismiss someone. Harvey Weinstein is just one of the prominent men in Hollywood who have been effectively canceled in the wake of the Me Too movement. After today's revelation, can we all just agree to cancel him already?

cancel each other out

[for the opposite effects of two things] to balance each other. The cost of the meal you bought and what I owed you cancel each other out, so we're even. They canceled out each other.
See also: cancel, each, other, out

cancel out (of something)

to withdraw from something. I hate to cancel out of the event at the last minute, but this is an emergency. It's too late to cancel out.
See also: cancel, out

cancel someone out of something

 and cancel someone out 
1. to eliminate someone from something (as from a list of names). We had to cancel them out. We canceled out all the people who did not show up.
2. Sl. to eliminate someone; to kill someone. The drug lord threatened to cancel out his former partner for testifying against him.
See also: cancel, of, out

cancel someone's Christmas

Sl. to kill someone; to destroy someone. (Underworld or jocular; the idea is that the dead person will not live until Christmas.) If he keeps bugging me, I'm gonna cancel his Christmas. Willie threatened to cancel Richard's Christmas if Richard didn't pay up.
See also: cancel, Christmas

cancel something out

to balance the effects of something. Sending flowers might cancel the bad feelings out. The last payment canceled out the debt.
See also: cancel, out

cancel out

Neutralize the effect of, offset, render void. For example, Anne's kindness to her neighbor could not cancel out her irritability. The verb cancel was used in this way by itself from the late 1400s; out was added in the early 1900s.
See also: cancel, out

cancel out

v.
1. To delete or erase something: I went back to the list and canceled out my name. Realizing the total was incorrect, I canceled it out and recalculated the price.
2. To equalize or make up for something; offset something: Today's decline in the stock's price canceled out yesterday's gain. We made record progress last month, but the delays this month have canceled it out. I never go to the beach because the fun of swimming in the ocean and the difficulty of getting to the beach cancel out.
3. To remove a common factor from both sides of a mathematical equation: After I canceled out the common factors, I could easily solve for the variable. When two factors are equal, you can cancel them out.
4. To withdraw from something, as an activity or obligation: They had dinner reservations with us, but they had to cancel out when they couldn't find a babysitter.
5. Slang To murder someone: The loan shark threatened to cancel me out if I didn't pay him the money. The gangsters vowed to cancel out any rivals.
See also: cancel, out

cancel someone out of something

tv. to eliminate someone; to kill someone. The drug lord threatened to cancel out his former partner for testifying against him.
See also: cancel, of, out, someone, something

cancel someone’s Christmas

tv. to kill someone; to destroy someone. (Underworld. The dead person will miss Christmas.) If he keeps bugging me, I’m gonna cancel his Christmas.
See also: cancel, Christmas
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Earlier, between May 2 till 7, the airline had cancelled some flights to India, Tanzania and Bahrain.
theliver Alder Hey Children's Hospital cancelled 54 operations in 2013 and 93 in 2014 - and 15 children had still not had their operation 28 days later; Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital cancelled 19 operations in 2013 and 33 in 2014; Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen hospitals cancelled 55 in 2013 and 113 in 2014; Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals cancelled 52 in 2013 and 78 in 2014; The Walton Centre cancelled 28 in 2013 and 39 in 2014 and Wirral Hospitals cancelled 73 in 2013 and 75 in 2014.
The TD was also "concerned" the HSE provided a different figure for cancelled ops in 2008 after a previous parliamentary question - raising doubts about the reliability of HSE information.
Another 3,946 were due to issues with equipment, 11,370 related to staffing, 404 operations were cancelled because the patient's notes were missing and 11,585 were due to patient-related problems.
Martin Drewry, head of campaigns for Christian Aid, said: "So far the G8 leaders have voted to cancel one third but maintain two-thirds of the debt that should be cancelled.
"First, our fully-executed, valid and binding lease with our largest tenant was legislatively cancelled, our contractual right to receive lease payments has been taken away, and no compensation has been offered by the State," Mullins said.
'On the other hand, votes cancelled in Arochukwu and Nkporo alone amount to more than thirty-eight thousand.'
The Turkish airline AnadoluJet has cancelled Agri-Ankara flight due to a severe frost in eastern Agri province, Trend reports referring to the Turkish media on Feb.
RAWALPINDI -- Ten flights were cancelled at the Islamabad International Airport (IIA) on Thursday due to bad weather.
Several train services are cancelled across Wales, as the train operator that runs them says it is doing everything possible to improve the "regrettable situation".
Figures from the Welsh Government, through a Freedom of Information request, show that 90,118 nonelective operations in total were postponed between April 2017 and March 2018 among the seven health boards - including nearly half cancelled at short notice.
Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow can pay compensation to the undersea tunnel contractor if the state project is cancelled, Lim Guan Eng suggested today.
Summary: New Delhi [India], January 6 (ANI): Three trains have been cancelled due to operational reasons as the cold wave continues to grip the northern parts of India.
It was the original name for the now Jubilee Line and an extension to Aldwych was part of the cancelled phase two plan to extended this line.
Plans for a station here were superseded by an alternative plan that did not need the station, but which was also cancelled. So all in all nothing ended up happening.