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According to the cheat sheet of Emacs, M-w to copy a highlighted text and C-y to paste it. M-w means command w which ultimately tries to kill the terminal?

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I figured out the problem.

My meta key was not mapped to the Option/alt Key in the terminal preference.

For Future Reference: To map the key: Open Terminal App Go to Preferences -> Profiles - Keyboard and use option as Meta Key.

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