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bite the dust

 
1. Sl. to die. A shot rang out, and another cowboy bit the dust. The soldier was too young to bite the dust.
2. Sl. to break; to fail; to give out. My old car finally bit the dust. This pen is out of ink and has bitten the dust.
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bite the dust

to stop existing Back in the '50s we had many competitors, but most have bitten the dust. Another fashion fad has bitten the dust.
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bite the dust

 
1. (informal) to fail or to stop existing Three hundred more people lost their jobs in the same region when another firm bit the dust. She can't make it on Saturday? Oh, well, another good idea bites the dust!
2. (humorous) to die Two Hollywood stars of the thirties have recently bitten the dust.
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bite the dust

Suffer defeat or death, as in The 1990 election saw both of our senators bite the dust. Although this expression was popularized by American Western films of the 1930s, in which either cowboys or Indians were thrown from their horses to the dusty ground, it originated much earlier. Tobias Smollett had it in Gil Blas (1750): "We made two of them bite the dust."
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bite the dust

1. tv. to die. A shot rang out, and another cowboy bit the dust.
2. tv. to break; to fail; to give out. My car finally bit the dust.
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bite the dust

Slang
1. To fall dead, especially in combat.
2. To be defeated.
3. To come to an end.
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