kill (oneself) (doing something)(redirected from killed themselves doing)
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.
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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
ˈkill yourself doing something(informal) make a very great effort to do something: It would be good to leave at 7 o’clock, but don’t kill yourself getting here by then. We can leave a bit later if we need to. ♢ I nearly killed myself finishing the report in time for this meeting.
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.
kill/run down/run out the clock
Sports To preserve a lead by maintaining possession of the ball or puck until playing time expires.