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to murder, as by suffocation, so as to leave no or few marks of violence.
to suppress or get rid of by some indirect maneuver.
Historical Examples

The History of Burke and Hare George Mac Gregor
The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812 James Blake Bailey
The Insurrection in Dublin James Stephens
Three Plays by Granville-Barker Harley Granville-Barker
The History of Burke and Hare George Mac Gregor
The Court of Cacus Alexander Leighton
Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, No. 453 Various
The Message Louis Tracy
A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson
The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4) Thomas Babington Macaulay

verb (transitive)
to murder in such a way as to leave no marks on the body, usually by suffocation
to get rid of, silence, or suppress
Edmund. 1729–97, British Whig statesman, conservative political theorist, and orator, born in Ireland: defended parliamentary government and campaigned for a more liberal treatment of the American colonies; denounced the French Revolution
Robert O’Hara. 1820–61, Irish explorer, who led the first expedition (1860–61) across Australia from south to north. He was accompanied by W. J. Wills, George Grey, and John King; King alone survived the return journey
William. 1792–1829, Irish murderer and body snatcher; associate of William Hare


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