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killing

[ kil-ing ]
/ ˈkɪl ɪŋ /
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noun
the act of a person or thing that kills.
the total game killed on a hunt.
Informal. a quick and unusually large profit or financial gain: We would all like to win the lottery or make a killing in the stock market.
adjective
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Origin of killing

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English killing(e), kyllyng(e) (gerund); see kill1, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM killing

kill·ing·ly, adverbself-kill·ing, adjectiveun·kill·ing, adjective
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How to use killing in a sentence

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)

Derived forms of killing

killingly, adverb
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