An example of murder is the killing of one person by another.
When bending up and down a lot hurts your back, this is an example of a time when you might say that bending is murder on your back.
When you are doing a very unpleasant and labor-intensive job, this is an example of a time when you might say "this job is murder."
When you plan and execute the death of your enemy, this is an example of murder.
When you spend too much money and your spouse gets really mad, this is an example of a time when you might say "my husband will murder me if he finds out how much I spent!"
The rush hour traffic is murder.
The song was murdered by the singer.
Thousands of civilians were murdered in the bombardment.
Murdered their chances.
A speech that murdered the English language.
Ryan Holle is serving life in prison for murder because he loaned his car to his housemate to go get food, his housemate instead drove three people to another house, one of those people inflicted an injury on a fourth person, and that fourth person died.
He's torn my best shirt. When I see him, I'll murder him!
- To escape punishment for or detection of an egregiously blameworthy act.
- Secrets or misdeeds will eventually be disclosed.
- to escape detection of or punishment for a blameworthy act
- a murder or murderer will always be revealed
- any secret or wrongdoing will be revealed sooner or later
- to yell or otherwise raise a loud disturbance, as from outrage or fear
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of murder
- Middle English murther from Old English morthor mer- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English murder, murdre, mourdre "murder", alteration of earlier murthre (“murder") (see murther) from Old English morÃ¾or (“secret slaying, unlawful killing") and Old English myrÃ¾ra (“murder, homicide"), both from Proto-Germanic *murÃ¾rÄ… (“death, killing, murder"), from Proto-Indo-European *mrtro- (“killing"), from Proto-Indo-European *mer-, *mor-, *mr- (“to die"). Akin to Gothic ðŒ¼ðŒ°ðŒ¿ð‚ðŒ¸ð‚ (maurÃ¾r, “murder"), Old High German mord (“murder"), Old Norse morÃ° (“murder"), Old English myrÃ¾rian (“to murder") and morÃ¾.
- The -d- in the Middle English form may have been influenced in part by Anglo-Norman murdre, from Medieval Latin murdrum from Old French murdre, from Frankish *murÃ¾ra "murder", from the same Germanic root, though this may also have wholly been the result of internal development (compare burden, from burthen).