Death

dig one’s own grave

Meaning: to do something that has negative consequences for you, even though these consequences can be easily seen.

Example: She dug her own grave when she started talking behind her boss's back. Read on

from cradle to grave

Meaning: The phrase is used to refer to something that spans a human lifetime.

Example: He was a difficult man; from the cradle to the grave, he was constantly angry or upset. Read on

living on borrowed time

Meaning: not expected to live much longer.

Example: He was told he only had three months left to live, so he is living on borrowed time now that it is four months later. Read on

in cold blood

Meaning: in a cruel way and without pity or other emotion

Example: One young lady was shot dead in cold blood inside the premises of the shopping complex. Read on

nail in the coffin

Meaning: an action/event that will help bring about the death, end, or failure of something or someone

Example: She was late for the fourth day in a row. It will be another nail in her coffin when the boss hears about it. Read on

rest in peace (RIP)

Meaning: respect, sympathy and well wishes for a deceased person

Example: He was a kind, caring and well-loved family man. May he rest in peace. Read on

buy the farm

Meaning: to die

Example: Mister Jack was really ill from the past two months and yesterday he bought the farm. Read on

dead as a doornail

Meaning: becoming obsolete

Example: The flowers are all dead as a doornail. Read on

dead in the water

Meaning: unable to produce movement

Example: Their company is trying to revive an income that is dead in the water. Read on

miles to go before I sleep

Meaning: you have a lot to do before you can rest

Example: We need to get all of these files completed before anyone leaves. There are miles to go before I sleep. Read on

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learning curve

Meaning: the rate of learning new skills

Example: Every employee undergoes a learning curve while getting to know the company. Read on

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