keel » kill

Chiefly in:   kill over (and die)

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • It is with sadness that I report that Molly, the Belgian, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Sunday September 28. She killed over and was gone before her huge body hit the ground. (TIER rescue)
  • I think my hair would just kill over and die if I did not use your Thermal Protector. (Healthy Hair Plus)
  • He killed over and fell. His body seized about for a while until it stopped. (
  • You can keep working at your 8:00 to 5:00 job for someone else and earning a meager amount until you kill over and die one day. (link)
  • My computer killed over, and when i brought her back I was stuck in pemanent 256 colors. (link)
  • I can’t go back and tell her she royally fucked me over, because 1: I’m “the good child”. I’m not suppose to do anything to cause her any more fucking stress. 2: It would cause some stress and with my luck, she’d just kill over or blow her brains out. (, December 24, 2001)

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| link | entered by Chris Waigl, 2005/07/29 |


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    Commentary by Arnold Zwicky , 2005/07/29 at 6:12 pm

    Possibly assisted by the laxing of [i] to [I] before [l] in some American dialects, which neutralizes “keel” / “kill”, “feel” / “fill”, etc. It’s also true that “keel” is a much more infrequent item than “kill”. And then there’s the dying component of meaning in “kill” that “keel” lacks.

  2. 2

    Commentary by Chris Waigl , 2005/07/29 at 7:10 pm

    And in some northern English dialects as well, if I’m not mistaken.

    Indeed, I remember my younger brother as a small child using the German word for “die” (sterben) to signify “kill” as well.

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