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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Rebecca was capable of certain set tasks, such as keeping the small children from killing themselves and one another, feeding the poultry, picking up chips, hulling strawberries, wiping dishes; but she was thought irresponsible, and Aurelia, needing somebody to lean on (having never enjoyed that luxury with the gifted Lorenzo), leaned on Hannah.
They have already killed ten of our men; they will kill double the number, and end by killing themselves rather than surrender.
Chris West, R-Baltimore County, wondered aloud whether people prevented by police from killing themselves could sue the officers for interfering with their right to engage in a lawful activity.
Now, an alarming new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that parents are mostly unaware when their kids are thinking about killing themselves.
The reigning opinion in some quarters is that people who think about killing themselves are cowards and should be treated as such.Others opine that suicidal people are selfish and must be reminded of their selfishness in order to stop them from killing themselves.
Summary: A look at social media reveals the large number of teens talking about death or killing themselves.
Kids should not be killing themselves. If you have an LGBT+ child, tell them you love them, and that it does get better, and that no one has the right to take away their sparkle.
We are still investigating why they resorted to killing themselves,' Tum said.
Prisoners killing themselves have soared to record numbers Self-inflicted deaths in prison have hit a record high with 119 deaths in a year - or one every three days.
If official data are to be quoted, it is a major concern for parents as many teenagers are killing themselves after failing or not securing desired results in examinations.
The number of suicides among troops was 145 in 2001 and began a steady increase until more than doubling to 321 in 2012, the worst year in recent history for soldiers killing themselves.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) study found 42 per cent of men aged 18-45 have considered killing themselves and revealed "shocking" facts behind male suicide.
"It is mostly cotton farmers who are in deep distress and killing themselves hence prompt intervention from the state and centre is needed," urged Tiwari.
Across the UK, the suicide rate for men rose to 19 per 100,000 men in 2013, from 17.9 in 2012, with 4,858 men killing themselves in 2013.
"Whatever their reasons, people who attempt to assist others in killing themselves need to be prevented from doing so," Fischbach said.
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