kill off

kill off
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "kill off":
present tense I/you/we/they kill off he/she/it kills off present participle killing off past tense killed off past participle killed off
1) to destroy living things so that most or all of them are dead

Antibiotics may kill off beneficial bacteria.

2) to stop, get rid of, or destroy something

The BBC has decided to kill off some of its best-loved programmes.

3) if a writer kills off someone in a book, play, film, or television programme, they make them die in the story

She was killed off at the end of the second series.


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