kill off

verb
killed off; killing off; kills off

Definition of kill off

transitive verb

: to destroy in large numbers or totally

First Known Use of kill off

1607, in the meaning defined above

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“Kill off.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/killed%20off. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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