kill off

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kill off (third-person singular simple present kills off, present participle killing off, simple past and past participle killed off)

  1. To eliminate, or make extinct
    We killed off the Dodo by over-hunting.
    The writers are killing off lots of people in the soap opera.
  2. To put an end to.
    • 2011 September 28, Tom Rostance, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos”, BBC Sport:
      Marouane Chamakh then spurned a great chance to kill the game off when he ran onto Andrey Arshavin's lofted through ball but shanked his shot horribly across the face of goal.