bump off

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bump off (third-person singular simple present bumps off, present participle bumping off, simple past and past participle bumped off)

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) To kill, especially to murder.
    • 1921, William MacLeod Raine, chapter 34, in Gunsight Pass:
      "Well, he's been wrong ever since I had to bump off Tim Harrigan. Talks about a fair break. As if I had a chance to let the old man get to a gun."
    • 1990 January 12, Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes (comic):
      The snow goons aren't moving! They're asleep! Now's our chance to go bump 'em off!
    • 2006 February 8, Caryn James, “CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Ordinary Killers: A Theme of the Movie Moment”, in New York Times, retrieved 27 Dec. 2008:
      In Match Point, when a mistress is about to blab to a wife, threatening a man's comfortable life, his solution is to bump off the girlfriend.
  2. (chiefly UK, idiomatic) To cut class; to play truant.
    Synonym: bunk off

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