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Murder someone:‘he would try and bump the blackmailer off’
- ‘If you were caught out of doors after hours, the Tans could bump you off.’
- ‘You know the formula - nasty psychopath bumps off nice young girls in appalling ways.’
- ‘If I didn't know for a fact that they cannot survive without me I might start thinking that my dog and my sickie are in a cahoot to bump me off for my Insurance policy.’
- ‘Relatives of people who have critical illnesses where there are no cures are being sent a signal that it is ok to bump them off.’
- ‘Instead of bumping Ruby off, let the character develop-and hang on to Jesneck and Eustis.’
- ‘But you don't get George Clooney going round bumping people off in ER.’
- ‘If a human life begins at the moment of the fusion of the gametes, then experimenting on embryos and subsequently discarding them is morally equivalent to experimenting on human beings before bumping them off.’
- ‘The study found that it wasn't feuding Mafia types paying to bump someone off, but angry spouses and jilted lovers.’
- ‘That cheeky little scamp Claude Raines, for instance, went on a murderous rampage, and sizzling Kevin Bacon discovered the joy of now you see me, now you don't sex before he too went a bit bonkers and started bumping people off.’
- ‘Ten strangers are trapped by a rainstorm at an isolated desert hotel and someone starts bumping them off until they eventually turn on each other.’
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