waste (someone)

to kill (someone). A euphemism inspired by 'lay waste'. In the 1950s US street gangs used the word to mean defeat, while criminals used it to mean kill. In the Vietnam War era the term first signified to devastate and then to annihilate and kill someone.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • waste (something) on (someone) — to not be noticed or appreciated. I wouldn t waste this material on high school students they don t have the background to understand it. Usage notes: often used when speaking of something of special quality: The difference between a really fine… …   New idioms dictionary

  • waste — waste1 [ weıst ] noun *** 1. ) singular or uncount the failure to use something valuable in an effective way, so that it does not produce the benefits that it could: All this uneaten food what a waste! a campaign to increase efficiency and reduce …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • waste — 1 /weIst/ noun 1 BAD USE (singular, uncountable) things such as money or skills that should be used and are not, or that are not used effectively: waste in government departments (+ of): Being unemployed is such a waste of your talents. 2 be a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • waste — waste1 W3S2 [weıst] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(bad use)¦ 2 go to waste 3 be a waste of time/money/effort etc 4¦(unwanted materials)¦ 5 a waste of space 6¦(land)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1 5; Date: 1200 1300; Origin: WASTE2] [ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • WASTE — Infobox Software name = WASTE caption = author = Justin Frankel developer = released = 2003 latest release version = latest release date = latest preview version = latest preview date = programming language = C++ operating system = platform =… …   Wikipedia

  • waste — I UK [weɪst] / US noun Word forms waste : singular waste plural wastes *** 1) a) [singular/uncountable] the failure to use something valuable in an effective way, so that it does not produce the benefits that it could All this uneaten food – what …   English dictionary

  • waste — [[t]we͟ɪst[/t]] ♦♦ wastes, wasting, wasted 1) VERB If you waste something such as time, money, or energy, you use too much of it doing something that is not important or necessary, or is unlikely to succeed. [V n ing] There could be many reasons… …   English dictionary

  • waste*/*/ — [weɪst] noun I 1) [singular/U] the failure to use something that is valuable or useful in an effective way All this uneaten food – what a waste![/ex] It s a waste of time trying to get her to change her mind.[/ex] The cherries will just go to… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • waste away — PHRASAL VERB If someone wastes away, they become extremely thin or weak because they are ill or worried and they are not eating properly. [V P] Persons dying from cancer grow thin and visibly waste away …   English dictionary

  • waste — tv. to kill someone. (Underworld.) □ Ziggy had orders to waste Pete. □ The mob’s triggers sped by in a car and wasted four pushers …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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