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    liquidate

    Liquidate means to kill somebody who threatens a government. Is there any other word or expression which is used in a broader context say a gang or something like that?
    Is liquidate a common word?

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    Re: liquidate

    Quote Originally Posted by shabani View Post
    Liquidate means to kill somebody who threatens a government. Is there any other word or expression which is used in a broader context say a gang or something like that?
    Is liquidate a common word?

    Thanks.

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    Shabani,


    (1) I think that most people here in the States would be horrified

    if anyone said that government opponents or even gang members

    should be "liquidated." There are more gentle verbs that are

    used. I cannot think of any at this time, but I am sure that other

    posters will help us.

    (2) I believe that "liquidate" is usually used in business:

    The bankrupt company had to liquidate its assets.

    (3) This is a language website, so -- of course -- I cannot discuss

    politics, but this word might be used in history books to discuss how

    governments in other countries may have treated certain groups. But

    if an American leader were to threaten to "liquidate" a particular

    group, I am 100% certain that he would be forced to immediately "retire."


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    Re: liquidate

    'Liquidate' is an informal word meaning 'to destroy somebody or something that is causing you problems'.

    The government is trying to liquidate the rebel movement.

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    Re: liquidate

    Government officials might (in private) suggest 'remove the problem of'.

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    Re: liquidate

    The website dictionary.reference.com gives the meaning 'to get rid of, esp by killing'.

    The dictator was planning to liquidate the enemies of the regime.

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