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Idioms for kill

    kill with kindness, to overdo in one's efforts to be kind: The aunts would kill their nephews and nieces with kindness.

Origin of kill

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First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English cullen, killen “to strike, beat, kill,” Old English cyllan (unattested); cognate with dialectal German küllen (Westphalian). Cf. quell

synonym study for kill

1. Kill, execute, murder all mean to deprive of life. Kill is the general word, with no implication of the manner of killing, the agent or cause, or the nature of what is killed (whether human being, animal, or plant): to kill a person. Execute is used with reference to the putting to death of one in accordance with a legal sentence, no matter what the means are: to execute a criminal. Murder is used of killing a human being unlawfully: He murdered him for his money.

OTHER WORDS FROM kill

kill·a·ble, adjectiveself-killed, adjectiveun·killed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH kill

kill kilnexecute kill murder (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for kill with kindness (1 of 2)

kill1
/ (kɪl) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for kill

C13 cullen; perhaps related to Old English cwellan to kill; compare German (Westphalian dialect) küllen; see quell

British Dictionary definitions for kill with kindness (2 of 2)

kill2
/ (kɪl) /

noun

US a channel, stream, or river (chiefly as part of place names)

Word Origin for kill

C17: from Middle Dutch kille; compare Old Norse kīll small bay, creek
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Idioms and Phrases with kill with kindness (1 of 2)

kill with kindness

Overwhelm or harm someone with mistaken or excessive benevolence. For example, Aunt Mary constantly sends Jane chocolates and cake and other goodies, even though she's been told Jane's on a diet—nothing like killing with kindness. This expression originated as kill with kindness as fond apes do their young (presumably crushing them to death in a hug) and was a proverb by the mid-1500s.

Idioms and Phrases with kill with kindness (2 of 2)

kill

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