killing meaning

[ 'kiliŋ ] Pronunciation:   "killing" in a sentence
Noun: killing  kiling
  1. An event that causes someone to die
    - violent death 
  2. The act of terminating a life
    - kill, putting to death 
  3. A very large profit
    - cleanup
Adjective: killing  kiling
  1. Very funny
    "a killing joke"
    - sidesplitting
Verb: kill  kil
  1. Cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
    "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays" 
  2. Thwart the passage of
    "kill a motion"
    - shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out 
  3. End or extinguish by forceful means
    - stamp out 
  4. Be fatal
    "cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills" 
  5. Be the source of great pain for
    "These new shoes are killing me!" 
  6. Overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
    "The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!" 
  7. Hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games
    "She killed the ball" 
  8. Hit with great force
    "He killed the ball" 
  9. Deprive of life
    "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa" 
  10. Cause the death of, without intention
    "She was killed in the collision of three cars" 
  11. Drink down entirely
    "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"
    - toss off, pop, bolt down, belt down, pour down, down, drink down 
  12. Mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
    "kill these lines in the President's speech"
    - obliterate, wipe out 
  13. Tire out completely
    "The daily stress of her work is killing her" 
  14. Cause to cease operating
    "kill the engine" 
  15. Destroy a vitally essential quality of or in
    "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"

Derived forms: killings

See also: humorous, humourous [Brit, Cdn, non-standard], kill off, killable, killer

Type of: ache, be, beat, blackball, conclusion, cut, destroy, destruct, drink, earnings, end, ending, exhaust, fatality, hit, human death, hurt, imbibe, lucre, negative, net, net income, net profit, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, profit, profits, spifflicate, spiflicate, suffer, sweep over, switch off, take away, take out, terminate, termination, tucker [N. Amer], tucker out [N. Amer], turn off, turn out, veto, wash up, whelm [archaic]

Encyclopedia: Kill Kill, I Oughta Kill, County Kildare


[American slang]
n. a great financial success.
• Sally made a real killing in the stock market.
• Fred made a killing in real estate.



make a killing (informal)

to make a lot of money quickly:

The company made a killing by inventing the CD.

The killing of one person by another.


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  1. he is not going to make a killing that way.
  2. i was fearful of not killing him on the spot.
  3. i have avoided killing those who are unarmed.
  4. third, the competition is killing us.
  5. i always wanted to do the killing part.

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