Definition of do someone in in US English:

do someone in

phrasal verb

informal
  • 1Kill someone.

    • ‘They are lurking on every street corner, plotting to do us in.’
    • ‘Some young men were setting up their instruments, and as another puff of smoke drifted toward Francesca, she hollered, ‘I'm going to go get some air-this smoke is doing me in!’’
    • ‘He tried to have some generals arrested, and some formed a conspiracy to do him in.’
    • ‘The amount we consume, what we consume, and how much we consume at one time is doing us in.’
    • ‘How he died, when he died, and whether he was done in by his comrades, fearful of another purge, all remain a mystery to this day.’
    • ‘Tuesday Cathy Jamieson was convinced that there's a plot to do her in, after the BBC did an undercover job on the private prison at Kilmarnock.’
    • ‘Thinking kings rarely prosper: Chaucer's patron Richard II was done in; ditto Charles I, a collector of art more voracious even than Charles Saatchi.’
    • ‘Some believe she was done in for planning to marry into a successful Arab merchant family.’
    • ‘Did you come here to see if I was alright or to finish the job of doing me in?’
    • ‘And most people were convinced that he would be done in.’
    kill, put to death, do to death, put an end to, finish off, take the life of, end the life of, murder, assassinate, execute, slaughter, butcher, wipe out, mow down, shoot down, cut down
    kill, put to death, do to death, put an end to, finish off, take the life of, end the life of, murder, assassinate, execute, slaughter, butcher, wipe out, mow down, shoot down, cut down
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    1. 1.1usually be done in Tire someone out.
      ‘after hiking in the hills all day, I was utterly done in’
      • ‘He says that the 2001 Lions were done in by all the travelling and inadequate rest periods: his meticulous planning will prevent a similar fate this time.’
      • ‘Maybe they would have been done in by a running game that produced a measly 2.9 yards per carry.’
      • ‘I had hoped she would feel like going with us but she was done in by three days of greater than usual activity.’
      wear out, tire out, exhaust, fatigue, weary, overtire, drain, prostrate, enervate, devitalize
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