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kill (an amount of time)

To engage in an activity, usually an aimless or idle one, to occupy oneself, especially with the goal of making the amount of time seem to pass more quickly or less slowly. I'm going to walk down to the bookstore to kill a couple hours before my flight. Do you want anything? The game is great if you want to kill a few minutes here and there, but it gets pretty tiresome playing it for long stretches.
See also: amount, kill, of

kill (oneself) (doing something)

To overexert oneself or overextend one's effort while doing something. Don't kill yourself trying to get the report done tonight—it's not due until next week anyway. They're killing themselves finishing the last touches on the exterior of the house before the storm hits us.
See also: kill


1. tv. to be very successful with an audience; to perform very well for an audience. She really killed them with that last joke.
2. tv. to eat all of something; to drink all (of a bottle) of something. We finally killed the last of the turkey.
3. tv. to douse a light. Would you kill the light so they can’t see we’re home?
4. tv. to stop or terminate something; to quash a story; to stop a story from being printed in a newspaper. Kill that story. It’s got too many errors.


/run down/run out the clock
Sports To preserve a lead by maintaining possession of the ball or puck until playing time expires.
References in classic literature ?
"Then," said the genius, "I tell you you have killed my son, for whilst you were throwing about the stones, my son passed by, and one of them struck him in the eye and killed him.
"But I killed your son quite unintentionally, so I implore you to spare my life."
"They would have killed you when they had you prisoner.
"But I could so easily have killed him as he stood there defenseless!" I exclaimed.
Then Chaka called to the Zulu and the last of those who had followed us to kill us, bidding them fight.
Thou hast taught Man to kill, and he is no slow learner.'
They killed Pylaemenes peer of Mars, leader of the Paphlagonian warriors.
"You killed the Witch of the East and you wear the silver shoes, which bear a powerful charm.
And he made Tiger-Face head man over all the guards, so that Tiger-Face became his right arm, and when he did not like a man Tiger-Face killed that man for him.
His first opinion was, that the savages in the boat never could live out the storm which blew that night they went off, but must of necessity be drowned, or driven south to those other shores, where they were as sure to be devoured as they were to be drowned if they were cast away; but, as to what they would do if they came safe on shore, he said he knew not; but it was his opinion that they were so dreadfully frightened with the manner of their being attacked, the noise, and the fire, that he believed they would tell the people they were all killed by thunder and lightning, not by the hand of man; and that the two which appeared - viz.
Some thought it would be good to kill the FAMILIES of boys that told the secrets.
"Free People, and ye too, jackals of Shere Khan, for twelve seasons I have led ye to and from the kill, and in all that time not one has been trapped or maimed.
This is what we will do: when we have killed these people, father and son, we will kill you too.
53: The author of the "Aethiopis" says that Aias killed himself about dawn.
In this expedition we took seven prisoners and five scalps, with the loss of only four men, two of whom were accidentally killed by our own army.