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?
See also: kill
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*in (with someone)

a way to request a special favor from someone; an amount of influence with someone. (The in is a noun. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Did you get an in with the mayor? I have to ask him a favor. Sorry, I don't have an in, but I know someone who does.

in at the kill

 and 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.
See also: kill
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in at the kill

BRITISH 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.
See also: kill
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

in

1. mod. current; fashionable. What’s in around here in the way of clothing?
2. mod. private. If it’s in or something, I’m sure they won’t spread it around.
3. n. someone in a special position; someone who is serving in an elective office. When Ralph is one of the ins, he’ll throw the crooks out.
4. n. a ticket or means of getting in (someplace). I lost my in. Can I still see the show?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

in

/with reference to
In connection with; in relation to: This letter is in reference to the invoice that accompanied the package.

in

/with regard to
In reference or relation to; with respect to.

in

/with regards to
In reference or relation to; with respect to.

in

/within bounds Sports
Within the boundary of a playing field or court and therefore in play or legal.

in

a/some measure
To a degree: The new law was in a measure harmful.

in

at/on the kill
Present at the moment of triumph.

in

fine/good/high feather
In excellent form, health, or humor.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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