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snuff out

1. To extinguish something, especially a flame. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "snuff" and "out." She snuffed the flame of the candle out between her fingers. The system uses halon gas to snuff out fire before it has a chance to spread. That loss snuffs out their chances to make the playoffs.
2. To kill someone. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "snuff" and "out." He was planning on going to the police, but the criminals snuffed him out before he had the chance. Tragically, he was snuffed out in his prime by cancer.
See also: out, snuff

snuff someone out

Sl. to kill someone. Max really wanted to snuff the eyewiteness out, once and for all. Lefty wanted to snuff out his partner.
See also: out, snuff

snuff something out

to extinguish something, such as a flame. she snuffed all the candles out and went to bed. Karen snuffed out the flames one by one.
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snuff out

1. Extinguish, put a sudden end to, as in Three young lives were snuffed out in that automobile accident. This usage alludes to snuff in the sense of "put out a candle by pinching the wick," an area itself called snuff from the late 1300s on. [Mid-1800s]
2. Kill, murder, as in If he told the police, the gang would snuff him out. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
3. Also, snuff it. Die or be killed, as in He looked very ill indeed, as though he might snuff out any day, or Grandpa just snuffed it. [Slang; second half of 1800s]
See also: out, snuff

snuff out

v.
1. To extinguish something: The altar server snuffed out the candles. I saw her snuff a match out with her fingers.
2. To put a sudden end to something: The war has snuffed out many young lives. I had a promising career as a dancer, but a tragic injury snuffed it out.
3. Slang To kill someone; murder someone: The police accused the widow of snuffing out her husband. The gangsters snuffed him out before he could testify in court.
See also: out, snuff

snuff someone (out)

tv. to kill someone. Max really wanted to snuff the eyewitness out, once and for all.
See also: out, snuff, someone
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Under Duterte, Philippine democracy has been gradually but steadily exterminated, with all other independent branches of government collapsing under the weight of an authoritarian regime that has all but snuffed out the remaining hold-outs to one-man rule.
Jamie McCart 6 The youngster could be satisfied with his half as he used the ball well and snuffed out the Austrians.
The hero from the previous encounter, which also saw Watford win 3-2, Deeney was snuffed out by a solid Villa defence until Aly Cissokho was sent off and the game turned on its head.
Buchholz induced Brennan Boesch to pop to second, and then got Cabrera on a ground ball to third that snuffed out the threat.
At the other end, Craig Whitfield fired straight at keeper Lee Kendall while Dylan Blain saw a half chance snuffed out as he looked to break on goal.
Miss Aim's aunt, Violet Perfect, who lives in New Zealand, said: "Her bright light has been cruelly snuffed out.
Foggia will be snuffed out by Italian internationals Rino Gattuso and Massimo Ambrosini, while going forward Milan should be stronger for the return of Ronaldo.
The Congo defender earned rave reviews for the way in which he snuffed out Arsenal's attacking threat and smoothed Rovers' passage into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night.
A civic tradition dating back to the 1800s could be snuffed out because of moves to cut tobacco.
A civic tradition dating back to 1815 could be snuffed out because of moves to cut tobacco.
The idea that gay liberation, which was born in Germany, was snuffed out and set back half a century by a closet case Wagnerian opera queen afraid of being outed really boggles the brain.
A converted try from Martin Leslie lifted morale but we failed to capitalise on winning some ball and the Welsh defence snuffed out our attacks easily.
Henry Morgentaler went on record proudly saying that he personally had snuffed out 65,000 lives while another 100,000 lives had been terminated in his eight Canadian abortuaries (Editor:pro-life translation of M's terminology).
Before his life was snuffed out, Kennedy manifested this resolution by going toe-to-toe with Khrushchev over missiles in Cuba, pledging an enduring commitment to the citizens of divided Berlin, and building up troop levels in that previously obscure map blip, Vietnam.