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noun
  1. a technique in which a heavy fluid, usually drilling mud, is pumped into a leaking oil well to stop the flow of oil: The top kill is underway, but success remains uncertain as engineers desperately pump mud into the damaged blowout preventer.
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top kill

noun
  1. a procedure used by oil companies to attempt to plug a leaking well, by pumping heavy drilling fluids into the well before sealing it with concrete
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