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killing it

verb; folk etymology
To achieve great success in a task. Moving away from the literal meaning of "kill", to murder, but rather, to achieve a large amount of success. For example, if someone is "killing it", they may be performing exceptionally well in class, or on an athletic field. Generally used as a form of praise for others' actions.
 
"Man, Chuck is really killing it on the field today. That's his seventh carry over 15 yards!"
Etymology : Derives from the Old English cwellan "to kill", or "to deprive of life". Over time however, "killing it" went from meaning "to deprive of life" to "achieving great success in a field of choice.
Source : Rice football game, September 2013. Addressing one's superb play on the field.
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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