snuff out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snuff out put an end to; kill "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"
    • v snuff out put out, as of fires, flames, or lights "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained","quench the flames","snuff out the candles"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Snuff out to extinguish by snuffing, to end by a sudden stroke
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Quotations

  • Gerald Brenan
    Gerald Brenan
    “Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death does.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. snuffen, for snuppen—Scand., Sw. dial. snóppa, to snip off, Dan. snubbe, to nip off.

Usage

In literature:

Mr Burne took out his box, partook of a large pinch of snuff, and blew his nose violently.
"Yussuf the Guide" by George Manville Fenn
The breeze from the windsail blew some of the snuff out of the box into the eyes of Macallan.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
A WAITER, to fill out wine, snuff candles, and attend the gaming-room.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
She isn't dead, but she may snuff out before morning.
"Some Everyday Folk and Dawn" by Miles Franklin
First he weighed out twenty parts of the ore, which, as we have said, resembled snuff.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
The stranger took out his snuff-box, and helped himself to a pinch.
"A Sailor's Lass" by Emma Leslie
They would snuff your life out as quick as they would wink.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
You snuff out like a candle.
"Tatterdemalion" by John Galsworthy
The large concern has him where it wanted him and it snuffs out his dreams of wealth and prosperity effectively.
"Arizona's Yesterday" by John H. Cady
And he could kill the desert rat as he would snuff out a candle.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
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In poetry:

Enough to snuff the quick
Of her small heat out, but before the weight
Of stones and hills of stones could break
Her down to mere quartz grit n that stony light
She turned back.
"Hardcastle Crags" by Sylvia Plath
Her grandmamma went out one day,
And by mistake she laid
Her spectacles and snuff-box gay
Too near the little maid; "Ah! well," thought she, "I'll try them on, As soon as grandmamma is gone. "
"Meddlesome Matty" by Ann Taylor
Well, Time with his snuffers is prowling about
And his shaky old fingers will soon snuff us out;
There's a hint for us all in each pendulum tick,
For we're low in the tallow and long in the wick.
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"In Ingle Dell they locked no door,
Put out no light. At such
A time you cling to a little thing
That's done for neighbourly comforting!
Old Gran thought she would snuff no more,
And she took thrice as much.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
It may be on the Danube, or among the Belgian dunes;
Annexing South Sea Islands or blockading hot lagoons;
Escorting armies overseas or starting out in buff
To hand a Turkish railroad-line a friendly pinch of snuff.
"The Silent Navy" by Cicely Fox Smith
"There be some tears that smile, and such
Were wept by Woman and Man.
But while they glistened in each eye,
He pulled the snuff out sound and dry;
Snow might cover him, cold might clutch,
The Snuff was safe for Gran."
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey

In news:

Alabama rallies to snuff out LSU's upset bid.
Plus, the feds' true goal is to snuff out medical pot in California.
New Rules Could Snuff Out Some Dispensaries.
Mallards Snuff Out Dragons, 11-5.
El Nino looms and could help snuff out hurricane season.
The IRS and Melinda Haag's True Goal Is To Snuff Out Medical Pot in California.
Boulder leaders, businesses look to snuff out tobacco in public.
Spurs snuff out Thunder's rally.
Tisbury firefighters snuff out fire on Hillman's Point Way.
Suit to Snuff Out 'History Sniffing' Takes Aim at Tracking Web Users.
Event aims to snuff out smoking in LGBT community.
Snuff out the Estate Tax.
State officials snuff out local smoking ban violators.
Iowa Lawmakers Snuff Out Debate On Smoking Ban.
Leaders: Step up, snuff out smoking.
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