Their initiation is to slay an infant in front of its mother in order to remove any semblance of humanity or emotion.
“It brings me little joy to approach anyone and slay them,” he said.
Central banks in the U.S., Europe and Japan are pushing interest rates toward zero to slay the potential for deflation.
It was only a matter of time before these two enormous egos would clash—and try to slay each other.
But because these tax cuts have powerful, well-connected constituencies, it has been difficult to slay them.
How could you slay an innocent girl without the least provocation?
He has hidden himself, but I shall find him and I will slay him.
Clothes like those worn by his white brothers, and a sword to slay his enemies.
And only Gungnir, the spear of Odin, might slay Gulveig, who was not of mortal race.
The two might make a good fight and slay some of their foes, but in any event they would certainly be taken or killed.
Old English slean "to smite, strike, beat," also "to kill with a weapon, slaughter" (class VI strong verb; past tense sloh, slog, past participle slagen), from Proto-Germanic *slahan, from root *slog- "to hit" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian sla, Danish slaa, Middle Dutch slaen, Dutch slaan, Old High German slahan, German schlagen, Gothic slahan "to strike"). The Germanic words are from PIE root *slak- "to strike" (cf. Middle Irish past participle slactha "struck," slacc "sword").
Modern German cognate schlagen maintains the original sense of "to strike." Meaning "overwhelm with delight" (mid-14c.) preserves one of the wide range of meanings the word once had, including, in Old English, "stamp (coins); forge (weapons); throw, cast; pitch (a tent), to sting (of a snake); to dash, rush, come quickly; play (the harp); gain by conquest."
"instrument on a weaver's loom to beat up the weft," Old English slæ, slea, slahae, from root meaning "strike" (see slay (v.)), so called from "striking" the web together. Hence the surname Slaymaker "maker of slays."
To impress someone powerfully, esp to provoke violent and often derisive laughter: Pardon me, this will slay you/ The boys who slay me are the ones who have set pieces to recite when they answer the phone (1593+)