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deep six

1. noun Death or burial at sea. Likely a reference to six fathoms of water being the standard depth at which to bury bodies at sea. Usually used in the forms "get the deep six" or "give someone the deep six." We were all afraid we'd be getting the deep six when our boat was caught in that huge storm. I'm been a sailor all my life, so when my time comes, please give me the deep six out in the Pacific.
2. noun Death in general; the grave. A reference to the standard six-foot depth of a grave. I'm starting to fear that our key witness may have been given the deep six at the hands of the mob. We are all heading for the deep six eventually, so you may as well make the most of the time you're given.
3. noun By extension, a rejection, disposal, or elimination (of someone or something. The studio decided to give the film the deep six after its budget began getting out of hand. The president's chief of staff got the deep six after it came to light that she had lied about her qualifications. After nearly 30 years of service, fabled warship is finally getting the deep six.
4. verb To reject, dispose of, or eliminate (someone or something). We're going to have to deep six this whole thing if it doesn't start coming together soon. The director just announced that we're deep sixing our moonshots program.
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deep-six (someone or something)

To eliminate or dispose of someone or something. A reference to the standard six-foot depth of a grave. The studio decided to deep-six the film after its budget began getting out of hand. The president deep-sixed his chief of staff after it came to light that she had lied about her education.

deep-six someone or something

Sl. to get rid of someone or something; to dispose of someone or something. (Refers originally to burying someone or something six feet deep, the standard depth of a grave.) Take this horrible food out and deep-six it. That guy is a pain. Deep-six him so the cops will never find him.
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Bush announced plans to deep-six the position of liaison to the gay and lesbian community, created by President Clinton.
Tom Brislin, a University of Hawaii journalism professor, said that he expects the owners to prevail in their motion and eventually find a way to deep-six the paper - perhaps within a year.
The quota for Hispanic women is not an ad hoc rule specifically designed to deep-six her candidacy.
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He attributed part of the surge in popularity of gaming consoles to new developments such as the Kinect sensor for the Xbox which enables gamers to deep-six physical tools such as mousse and controllers and use only their bodies to navigate their way through gaming adventures.
This is not well thought out and you should deep-six it," said Sandra Katz, president of the Worcester Property Owners Association.
Most X-fans could easily come up with a short list of mutants they'd like to deep-six.
So, clearly the Holy See was insisting that they wanted good translations and that they were fully prepared to deep-six any substandard work.
Hollywood cheered the move, even as showbiz unions have been split over a countervailing tariff petition filed in Washington, with opponents such as the DGA, IATSE and AFTRA worried the petition could deep-six any chances for federal wage-based tax-credit legislation.
It's unknown what will happen as a result of the September trial, and some staffers worry that the dailies' owners will find another way to deep-six the Star-Bulletin.
Clinton could withhold various federal funds from school systems that deep-six affirmative action, for starters.
Given the producers' limited imaginations, Loquatia should do a Hal and deep-six these knuckleheads, then head off to join the Federation.
In trying to convince the Arlington County planning board to deep-six the Home Depot, which would be built on a now-abandoned Sears site, the citizens' group took such steps as filming a video about a Baltimore neighborhood that it claims was ruined by a Home Depot, including interviews with disgruntled locals.
The close presence of humans presents both opportunities (proximity to food) and dangers (an uptight career woman, voiced by Allison Janney, hires Thomas Haden Church's ``Verminator'' to deep-six the animals).
8 billion from the Strategic Defense Initiative and deep-six the Trident II nuclear ballistic missile.