in at the kill
in at the kill
1. Present to witness the killing of an animal. I refuse to be in at the kill of an innocent deer just because you like hunting.
2. Present to witness the end or collapse of something. Did you hear that Joe's proposal got rejected? Was anyone in at the kill?
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in at the killand in on the kill
1. Lit. present and participating in the killing of prey. The baby cheetah wanted to be in on the kill.
2. Fig. involved at the final moment of something in order to share in the spoils. At the end of the battle, everyone wanted to be in at the kill. The press packed the room, wanting to be in on the kill of the governor's resignation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
in at the killBRITISH or
in on the kill
If someone is in at the kill or is in on the kill, they are present and either watching or taking part when a contest or struggle comes to an end and one side is defeated. The government looked weak, and Cranborne's friends urged him to come to London to be in at the kill. Burns had sparked the action after only five miles of the race and was in at the kill 106 miles and four-and-a-quarter hours later. Note: This expression comes from fox-hunting, where hunters want to be present when the fox is killed.
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