kill (one)self

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kill (one)self

1. To commit suicide. Once John realized he had begun to have thoughts of killing himself, he decided to seek help.
2. To bring about one's death by performing a particular action. This phrase can be said when one's life is or could be in danger, but it is often used figuratively. I can hardly breathe—I'm going to kill myself if I go back on the treadmill right now! If they try driving home in this snow, they'll kill themselves—tell them to get a hotel room for the night.
3. To overexert oneself. Don't kill yourself trying to get the report done tonight—it's not due until next week anyway.
See also: kill

ˈkill yourself (ˈlaughing)

(British English, informal) laugh a lot: It was a very funny video. We killed ourselves laughing from beginning to end.He just stood there, killing himself laughing.
See also: kill
References in classic literature ?
53: The author of the "Aethiopis" says that Aias killed himself about dawn.
February 2, 1996: Moses Lake, WashingtonTwo students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra classMarch 13, 1996: Dunblane, Scotland16 children and one teacher killed at Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton, who then killed himself. Ten others wounded in attackFebruary 19, 1997: Bethel, AlaskaPrincipal and one student killed, two others wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16March 1997: Sanaa, YemenEight people (six students and two others) at two schools killed by Mohammad Ahman alNaziriOctober 1, 1997: Pearl, MississippiTwo students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, who was also accused of killing his mother.
As the police closed in on him, the 28-year-old alleged murderer, who had an extensive criminal history and was under the influence of narcotics and alcohol at the time of the incident, shot and killed himself.
Recently, I came across an honest obituary in which someone wrote about a person who had killed himself because of the horrific mental anguish he had been experiencing on a daily basis.
I feel somewhat like a cheat to have read Jeff's journals, but I believe he would have destroyed them before he killed himself if he hadn't wanted them found.
If Jeff's obituary had stated that he had killed himself, some suicide survivors may have felt comfort by knowing they weren't alone.