*bump off*

*bump off*

Definition: To kill or murder; to assassinate.

Example: 1) Igor got bumped off last week. The police have no clue who did it.

Etymology: This phrase comes from 1920s American gangster slang. When you ‘bump’ something, you give it a little push. ‘Off’ means ‘not on’. So if you ‘bump’ someone ‘off’, you push him toward the end of his life.

Synonyms: rub out

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