One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in a Usenet program) a file into which one may put particular email addresses or keywords, posts from or containing which are then automatically deleted without being displayed.
- ‘Put the troll's name on a kill file to prevent that username from posting anything again.’
- ‘She was thinking of putting him into her killfile.’
- ‘So: remember that the Conspiracy is configured to allow readers to exclude particular co-Conspirators, kind of like a killfile on Usenet.’
- ‘Perhaps, however, Alan's call has been heeded and kill files like that are no longer in use?’
- ‘More of a PC gamer myself, I along with most gamers, shop online, use eBay, know what killfiles are and know not to panic when the latest internet virus warning does the rounds.’
with object Place (something) in a kill file.
- ‘Is being killfiled the email equivalent of being nuked or being threatened with germ warfare?’
- ‘For instance, if you choose to killfile someone, you needn't post a daily reminder that killfiles are great because you don't see so-and-so's posts anymore.’
- ‘I have killfiled everyone! Including myself!’
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