# With 4 I deliver you, With 3 I trouble you, With 2 I kill you

I'm a four letter word:

With four I deliver people.
With three I trouble people.
With two I kill people.

What word am I?

• This is... what's the word? It's six, which is a hundred times five, which gives forceful advantage over four, which is always greater than three, which came before.
– Beta
Commented Mar 24, 2021 at 23:13
• I really wanted to make something of how people are troubled by tribulation and sometimes killed by bibulation; but I've never seen anyone delivered by quadribulation. (Unless "4" is "4 am"!) Sadly, "bulation" is not a four-letter word, either. Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 3:46

You are a TAXI

With four I deliver people.

A taxi! Delivers people to and fro. Possibly clued too easy.

With three I trouble people.

A tax! Nothing is certain but death and taxes!

With two I kill people.

An ax! Speaking of death... an ax'll do the trick.

• What is an 'ax'? Now, an 'axe' I am familiar with. Commented Mar 24, 2021 at 18:44
• It's one of those short ones, easier to swing I think. Just kidding.
– Amoz
Commented Mar 24, 2021 at 19:12
• @GlenYates See ax vs axe :) Commented Mar 24, 2021 at 20:12
• Thanks @riskymysteries I thought there was a difference Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 19:18

Another answer that's also a bit of a stretch:

You are a TIRE

With four I deliver people

Most vehicles have four tires and are used to deliver people

With three I trouble people

When you have a flat tire and are down to three tires on your car, you're in quite a bit of trouble

With two I kill people

Motorcycles only have two tires, and are significantly more dangerous than cars; motorcyclists are 35 times as likely to be in a fatal accident than car drivers, per mile driven

• I actually like this one a lot! Maybe it's my inexperience showing through, but this sort of Sphinx' Riddle thing is where my mind first went too. Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 0:52
• 3 and 2 could also be "ire" and "IR (ionizing radiation)" Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 23:23
• Neat. And what happens when 2) collides with 3)?
– smci
Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 11:32

I admit it's a stretch, but here's an alternative:

You are the word FREE

With four I deliver people.

Persons set FREE are delivered from bondage.

With three I trouble people.

A FEE can cause hesitation to complete a transaction.

With two I kill people.

FR (Fr) is the symbol for Francium, a radioactive element that would be lethal if it weren't so short-lived.

• Two is also a country-code, that could cause offense...
– smci
Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 11:32
• @smci - I KNOW, right?!? I'm often offended by the French! :-p Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 23:05
• @MrWonderful: careful to avoid spoilers...
– smci
Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 23:14

it's always a 4 letter word right?

It's the letter E

With four I dElivEr pEoplE.

With three I troublE pEoplE.

With two I kill pEoplE.

so either

RUNE or SIGN would fit (just trying to find a 4 letter word for 'letter')

• Or 'char' for the programmers here. Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 11:34
• Haha I like this answer! Maybe you could get away with "FIVE", since E is the fifth letter of the alphabet. Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 23:31

I know there's an accepted Answer, but I have another possibility.

You are:

TRAM

With four you deliver people:

Tram is another word for trolley or streetcar.

With three you trouble people:

Ram, as in the male sheep. While fluffy, they are often very headstrong (literally and figuratively) and a will run you over (literally) if you get in their way.

With two you kill people:

Ra is the periodic table symbol for radium, which is a highly radioactive element.

OR:

Am is the periodic table symbol for Americium, which is also a highly radioactive element.

OR:

AM (ante meridiem) is the designator for the morning hours, where people drive to work while sleepy and cause accidents. Ok, ok, so this is a bit of a stretch.

OR:

Ra is a sun god. The sun can cause skin cancer, which can be deadly. Yes, this is another stretch.

You are

NNO O - A mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen

With four you deliver people

A mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen is used in delivery to help with labour pains - literally delivering (tiny) people.

With three you trouble people

NNO - Nitrous oxide on its own can be worrying, slowly leading to hypoxia

With two you kill people

Pure Nitrogen will suffocate you

Disclaimer:

I'm aware that, technically, the first bit should be NNO + OO, oxygen doesn't like to be on its own.

• But we already breathe 70% N2. So to compare, we'd have to go with both 100% N2 and also 100% N2O (which I am sure means more than just trouble) Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 15:55
• @HagenvonEitzen Yup, so 100% nitrogen will suffocate you. 100% nitrous oxide for a long time is definitely bad news (hence the eventual hypoxia) but more breathable than pure nitrogen. Really depends on where you draw the line for trouble. Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 16:38