The Devil's Dictionary: Kill (v. t.)
To create a vacancy without nominating a successor.
[Does not always apply; see Bathsheba, Affair Of.]
But the truth is, -- I am not a wise man ; ---- and besides am a mortal of so little consequence in the world, it is not much matter what I do ; so I seldom fret or fume at all about it. -- Tristam Shandy