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verb

(tr, adverb) to kill in large numbers, esp by gunfire

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mow down

1

Destroy in great numbers, especially in battle, as in The machine gun mowed them down as they advanced. [Late 1500s]

2

Overwhelm, as in He mowed down the opposition with his arguments. This usage, like the first, alludes to mowing, the cutting of grass with a scythe or other implement.

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