1. slay, murder, assassinate, poison, do to death, liquidate, erase, blot or wipe out, put an end to, get rid of, put away, put out of the way, silence, carry off, remove, dispatch, finish, finish off, do for, fix, settle, lay out, lay low, Inf. put the kibosh on, Inf. nip in the bud; All Sl. off, hit, zap, waste, croak, eighty-six, take off, rub out, bump off, snuff out, knock off, polish off, give [s.o.] the works or the business; All Euph. send west, take for a ride, put [s.o.] out of his misery.
2. shoot, shoot down, riddle, Sl. blow [s.o.'s] brains out, Sl. pump [s.o.] full of lead; club, beat, batter, pound, hammer, blackjack, brain, Sl. knock or beat [s.o.'s] brains out; choke, strangle, throttle, garrotte, stifle, Sl. scrag; knife or stab, cut [s.o.'s] throat, jugulate, cut, cut down, bayonet, pierce, lancinate, run through, put to the sword, impale, spear, lance, Euph. let the daylight in; smother, suffocate, asphyxiate, burke.
3. execute, put to death, behead, decapitate, guillotine, decollate; hang, gibbet, lynch, Sl. string up, Sl. stretch; stone, lapidate; burn at the stake; electrocute; drown.
4. slaughter, butcher, cut to pieces, ax, hew, hack, hack to pieces, chop, chop to pieces, dismember, draw and quarter, tear limb from limb, disembowel, mutilate, savage, maul, shed or spill blood; wade in blood, run amuck, go berserk, give no quarter, show no mercy.
5. immolate, sacrifice, burn; (all of oneself) commit suicide or hara-kari, Inf. overdose, Sl.O.D., Sl. brodie, Sl. take the gas, Sl. take a powder.
6. annihilate, exterminate, obliterate, discreate, reduce to nothing, destroy totally, eradicate, extirpate, abolish, extinguish; massacre, decimate, destroy a great number.
7. neutralize, negate, nullify, deaden, undo, depoten-tiate; offset, equalize, balance, counterbalance; weaken, dilute, mix, admix, alloy, (of drugs or alcohol) water or water down, (of drugs or alcohol) cut.
8. mar, spoil, despoil, ruin, damage, impair, hurt, harm; detract from, reduce, decrease, diminish.
9.(all of time) pass, while away, beguile, fill, occupy, spend, expend, exhaust, take up, employ, wait through; consume, absorb, use up, eat up, devour, swallow up, guzzle, put in; waste, dissipate, squander, fritter or fool away, lose, throw away, lavish, misspend, misuse, Sl. blow.
10. overwhelm, overpower, overcome completely, stagger, amaze, bedazzle; Sl. break or knock one dead or out, Sl. knock or lay them in the aisles, Sl. break or crack one up; stir, affect, move, transport, impassion, touch, influence, incite, stimulate, excite, electrify.
11. irk, gall, vex, displease, annoy, disturb, provoke, irritate, nettle, rile, pique, chafe, ruffle.
12. muffle, deaden, damp, dampen, dull, smother, mute, silence.
13. exhaust, tire, tire out, fag, fag out, Inf. tucker, Inf. tucker out, fatigue, wear out, weary, sap; debilitate, weaken, prostrate, enervate, tax, strain, overtire, overwork, overtax, overtask, overburden.
14. cancel, delete, expunge, remove, cross out, cut out, scratch, excise, withdraw, edit, amend, obliterate, strike or rule out, write off; erase, efface, eradicate, wipe or blot out.
15. veto, vote down, turn down, countermand, defeat, reject, overrule, disallow, prohibit.
16.(all of machinery) stop, cease, discontinue, turn off, shut off, cut off, terminate, stall, pause, brake; pull up.
17.Informal, (usu. of food or drink) consume, devour, absorb, swallow up, drink up, guzzle down, bolt down, gulp down, gobble down; drain, empty, exhaust, deplete, finish, finish off, do in, Sl. eighty-six.
18. deathblow, killing blow, finishing stroke, final assault, Inf. haymaker, Sl. sockdolager, Inf.Sunday punch, Sl. mop-up, Fr. coup de grace. dispatch, death; finish, end, conclusion, termination.
19. prey, quarry, game, raven, victim, meat, carcass.

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