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killing

[ kil-ing ]
/ ˈkɪl ɪŋ /
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noun

the act of a person or thing that kill.
the total game killed on a hunt.
a quick and unusually large profit or financial gain: a killing in the stock market.

adjective

that kills.
exhausting: a killing pace.
Informal. irresistibly funny.

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Origin of killing

1400–50; late Middle English (gerund); see kill1, -ing1, -ing2
kill·ing·ly, adverbself-killing, adjectiveun·kill·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for killing

killing
/ (ˈkɪlɪŋ) /

adjective

informal very tiring; exhaustinga killing pace
informal extremely funny; hilarious
causing death; fatal

noun

the act of causing death; slaying
informal a sudden stroke of success, usually financial, as in speculations on the stock market (esp in the phrase make a killing)
killingly, adverb
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