in at the kill meaning
Present at the culminating moment
present at the end of some activity, usually an activity with negative results. (Literally, present when a hunted animal is put to death. Informal when used about any other activity.)
• Congress was due to defeat the bill, and I went to Washington so I could be in on the kill.
• The judge will sentence the criminal today, and I'm going to be in at the kill.
1. Lit. present and participating in the killing of prey.
The baby cheetah wanted to be in on the kill.
2. Fig. involved at the final moment of something in order to share in the spoils.
At the end of the battle, everyone wanted to be in at the kill.
The press packed the room, wanting to be in on the kill of the governor's resignation.
- she wants to be in at the kill when his business finally collapses.
- she wants to be in at the kill when his business finally collapses
- be in at the kill