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killing

noun
     
kill‧ing [countable]
1 the act of killing someone deliberately [= murder]:
a series of gangland killings
They murdered fifteen boys in a killing spree (=an occasion when someone murders many people in a short period of time) across southern California.
2

make a killing

informal to make a lot of money in a short time:
He made a killing on the stock exchange.

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