die a natural death

die a natural death

 
1. Lit. [for someone] to die by disease or old age rather than by violence or foul play. I hope to live to 100 and die a natural death. The police say she didn't die a natural death, and they are investigating.
2. Fig. [for something] to fade away or die down. I expect that all this excitement about the scandal will die a natural death. Most fads die a natural death.
See also: death, die, natural
References in classic literature ?
John Carter shall die a natural death in the Pit of Plenty, and the day he dies Dejah Thoris shall become my queen.
The case was allowed to die a natural death, and was informally dropped in 1896.
Tommy 's quenched; I agree with you, Polly; I never liked Trix, and I hope it 's only a boy-and-girl fancy, that will soon die a natural death," said Mr.