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kill off

1. To kill or eradicate someone or something in large numbers. A noun or pronoun can be used between "kill" and "off." Hey, we're only trying to kill off the weeds here—be careful around my flowers!
2. To kill a character in a work of fiction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "kill" and "off." I can't believe they killed off my favorite character in the season finale.
3. To end or remove something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "kill" and "off." We were supposed to go to the water park today, but the kids killed that off with their repeated temper tantrums. Can we do anything to kill off this smoky smell?
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kill (someone or an animal) off

to kill all of a group of people or creatures. Lefty set out to kill Max and his boys off. Something killed off all the dinosaurs.
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kill off

1. Render extinct, eliminate completely, as in The plague killed off entire villages and towns. [c. 1600]
2. Represent as dead, as in This mystery writer kills off a new victim in almost every chapter. [Mid-1800s]
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kill off

v.
1. To destroy some form of life in such large numbers that none is left: The poisonous chemicals have killed off the fish that once lived in this pond. The pesticides killed the crops off.
2. To destroy or eliminate something, especially plans, ideas, or activities: Your insolent behavior has killed off any desire I might have had to help you. The disinfectant killed the odor off.
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killed (off)

mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. (Drugs.) The team went out drinking and came home killed off.
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CORONATION Street will not be investigated by Ofcom after the soap attracted more than 200 complaints over the killing off of a gay character.
Summary: Wolfsburg [Germany], September 14 (ANI): Volkswagen has announced that it is officially killing off the Beetle in 2019 after producing the last ever models to carry the iconic name.
"The eradication of wild buffalo from the Great Plains was symbolic of something larger: the killing off of most all large wild animals that happened with settlement of the prairies by farmers and ranchers.
The source said: "There were discussions about killing off Bond in dramatic fashion at the end.
3,270,500 som were paid as a reward for killing off wolves and jackals in 2017, said government representative Ashyrbek Temirbayev at a parliament meeting on February 1.
Killing off Olivia may not cause uproar among viewers since the series will no longer return for another season.
Kate transformed Emmerdale during the five years she produced the soap, notably killing off a number of characters in a helicopter crash.
THE comedian behind the controversial Dapper Laughs act who was heavily criticised for being sexist and offensive claims he was bullied into killing off the character.
Microsoft may have acquired Nokia, but it's killing off all of its feature phones in an effort to focus solely on Windows Phone at the low- and high-end.
"It's killed off new coal and now it's killing off new nuclear," said David Crane, chief executive of NRG Energy, a power-generation company based in Princeton, NJ.
* FLOATING PENNYWORT (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) Brought to Britain for ponds, the plant forms dense mats killing off other vegetation and making fishing, and boating, impossible.
Campaigners say it will be the death of town centre shopping, drawing people out of the town centre onto the ring road and killing off small businesses.
Leedman, deputy director of Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR), added that miR-7 can significantly reduce the growth of some cancer cells, as well as killing off others - particularly in cancers of the brain, lung, breast and prostate.
But killing off our old ways is extremely difficult, because it means changing our ways and none of us likes change.