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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishslayingslay‧ing /ˈsleɪ-ɪŋ/ noun [countable]  an act of killing someone – used especially in newspapers gang-related slayings
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slayingIn both 1995 and 1996, there were 11 slayings of women in which some one was arrested.At the time he'd thought she was referring to his slaying of the two men-at-arms.Still, there are many similarities between the two groups of slayings.Half a dozen gang-related slayings have been reported this year.The date of Magnus's slaying is uncertain but it was most likely 16 April 1116 or 1117.They expressed disbelief that he could have committed the slayings.In sessions a few months later, they confessed the slayings to Oziel.Janet Reno authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Kaczynski in connection with the slayings of Murray and Mosser.Over the past six months, some 50 police officers have been arrested in connection with slayings in their states.

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