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
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They presently struck into a trail that soon diverged again into a disused logging track through the woods.
His piles, or, to use the language of the country, his logging ended, with a dispatch that could only accompany his dexterity and herculean strength, the jobber would collect together his implements of labor, light the heaps of timber, and march away under the blaze of the prostrate forest, like the conqueror of some city who, having first prevailed over his adversary, applies the torch as the finishing blow to his conquest.
By obtaining control of a certain up-country bank, two general stores, and several logging camps, he could come into control of a certain dinky jerkwater line which shall here be nameless, but which, in his hands, would prove the key to a vastly larger situation involving more main-line mileage almost than there were spikes in the aforesaid dinky jerkwater.
Anson's earning twenty-five a day at carpentering, Liverpool getting twenty logging for the saw-mill, and Big Bill's getting forty a day as chief sawyer.
In 2011, there were two female prisoners who killed themselves compared to the 12 in 2016.
The number of committing suicide doubled in In 2011, there were two female prisoners who killed themselves compared to the 12 in 2016.
Last year 119 prisoners killed themselves in England and Wales in a jail population of 86,000.
In 2015, as many as 1,360 students ( below the age of 18) across the country killed themselves and during investigation, it was learnt that the reason why they did so was the same -- failure in examinations.
A total of 37 people aged under 35 killed themselves in Birmingham in 2014, the highest number in a single year since at least 2002, when the number was 31.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Nearly 500 active-duty and reserve personnel in the US military killed themselves last year, continuing a trend of unusually high suicide rates that have plagued the US armed force for at least seven years.
NEARLY 100 children aged ten to 14 killed themselves in the UK in the past decade, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Separate figures showed 98 children under 15 killed themselves in the UK from 2005 to 2014.
Melchert-Dinkel admitted he entered into about 10 suicide pacts and believed five killed themselves.
Last year, at least 50 killed themselves in service or after leaving the Army - more than double the MoD official suicide figure - while 44 died in Afghanistan in the same period.
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