Definition of killing ground in US English:

killing ground

noun

  • 1An area in which animals, especially seals, are hunted and killed.

  • 2Military. An area exposed to concentrated fire or bombardment, leading to high numbers of casualties among soldiers operating there. Also (in extended use): any place in which large-scale death or destruction occurs.

Origin

Late 19th century. From killing + ground.

Pronunciation

killing ground

/ˈkɪlɪŋ ɡraʊnd/