feed the fishes

feed the fishes

slang To drown. Primarily heard in UK. We've got a search party out there right now, but I'm getting more and more worried about some of our guys feeding the fishes. If you can't swim, it's only a matter of time till you feed the fishes!
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feed the fishes

1 be dead from drowning. 2 vomit over the side of a boat. informal
See also: feed, Fishes
References in classic literature ?
He cut the boar's throat as he spoke, whereon Talthybius whirled it round his head, and flung it into the wide sea to feed the fishes.
Cross me, and you'll go where many a good man's gone before you, first and last, these thirty year back--some to the yard-arm, shiver my timbers, and some by the board, and all to feed the fishes.
The first dish I saw on a menu was translated as "drunken pig's trotter" and a sign in a park said: "Please do not feed the fishes with your private.
Thousands of devotees visit the Kapaleeshwar temple everyday, which is one of the oldest temples in the city, to feed the fishes.
Ocean Frontier owner Don McGregor said: "Father Christmas has kindly agreed to help us feed the fishes, but he's had to keep the whole thing quiet from Rudolph just in case he gets jealous.