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English definition of “kill sth off”

kill sth off

phrasal verb with kill     /kɪl/ verb
to destroy something completely, usually over a period of time: The use of pesticides is killing off birds, fish and wildlife.figurative Lack of funding is killing off small theatres.Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
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