kill steal

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kill steal (third-person singular simple present kill steals, present participle kill stealing, simple past kill stole, past participle kill stolen)

  1. (online gaming, derogatory) In a multiplayer online game, to deal a finishing blow on an enemy that other player(s) had almost killed, without their consent, so that one gets the credit or rewards instead of them.
    • 2013 January 4, “A history of griefing: meet the gamers who, if you’re lucky, only want to ruin your day for kicks”, in Edge, →ISSN:
      They shoot their own teammates, they kill steal, they fill the chat window with the word ‘LOL’, they camp, and they smash people’s stuff.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:kill steal.


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kill steal (plural kill steals)

  1. (online gaming, derogatory) A finishing blow of this kind.