account for
   to kill
   Used of animals by humans and of humans by soldiers. The usage might imply a reckoning of the number slain but it may equally refer to a single victim:
    A more suitable way of describing such an event, the Foxhunters' Society suggested delicately, might be a casual 'the animal was accounted for'. (Whicker, 1982)

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