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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theykill off
he/she/itkills off
present participlekilling off
past tensekilled off
past participlekilled off
  1. 1
    to destroy living things so that most or all of them are dead

    Antibiotics may kill off beneficial bacteria.

  2. 2
    to stop, get rid of, or destroy something

    The BBC has decided to kill off some of its best-loved programmes.

  3. 3
    if a writer kills off someone in a book, play, film, or television programme, they make them die in the story

    She was killed off at the end of the second series.

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