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verb
  1. 2
    to stop something from continuing

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    1. a.
      to stop pain

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    2. b.
      informal to decide not to publish or broadcast a news story

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    3. c.
      informal to switch lights off

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  2. 3
    informal if part of your body is killing you, it is causing you a lot of pain

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