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.
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.
Whatever their reasons, people who attempt to assist others in killing themselves need to be prevented from doing so," Fischbach said.
SEVEN hundred young people are killing themselves in the UK each year, experts have said.
We thought the number had reduced and then we get this news about two people killing themselves in a day," she said.
But he could not understand other family members in their 20s killing themselves over money problems, as the police report suggests.
Having a baby brings a big shock and women can have thoughts about killing themselves or their child.
THE Government came under fire yesterday after official figures revealed that the number of prisoners killing themselves soared by nearly 40% in 2007.
Yet weekly questionnaires filled out by patients in 17 studies indicated that medication neither inflamed longstanding suicidal tendencies nor created them in people who had never considered killing themselves.
Experts said that with little public discussion of suicide, many young people don't know how to express or understand their thoughts of killing themselves.
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