Death

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the die is cast

Meaning: implies a point of no return or irreversible change.

Example: When the army crossed the river into enemy territory, they knew the die was cast for the impending battle. Read more ➺


drop dead

Meaning: used to emphasize how charming something or someone is.

Example: Extremely gorgeous: "She walked into the room looking drop-dead gorgeous." Read more ➺


beat a dead horse

Meaning: spend time and effort on things that are hopeless and unchangeable.

Example: Tom still has hope that his wife will come back to him, but he is actually beating a dead horse. Read more ➺


pushing up daisies

Meaning: to be dead and buried.

Example: I'll be pushing up daisies by the time she replies to my proposal. Read more ➺


third degree

Meaning: an interrogation that frequently includes torture in an effort to find the truth or a confession.

Example: The detective put him through the third degree, but he wouldn't break. Read more ➺


death knell

Meaning: cause a system, organization, or activity to fail or come to an end.

Example: The shutdown of the local iron industry tolled the death knell for the village. Read more ➺


scared to death

Meaning: to be extremely afraid or frightened.

Example: A shadow appeared in the doorway and scared me to death. Read more ➺


die hard

Meaning: disappear or change very slowly

Example: This proposal has some radical parts that will die hard. Read more ➺


never say die

Meaning: don't get discouraged or give up, no matter what.

Example: Things look bad for the team, but never say die. A miracle could happen. Read more ➺


dead and buried

Meaning: no longer in use.

Example: The world believes that the idea of another Cold War is dead and buried. Read more ➺


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