turn (one's) face to the wall

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turn (one's) face to the wall

To die. This phrase originated in the Bible. I just learned that Lady Catherine has turned her face to the wall—what a tragedy.
See also: face, turn, wall
References in classic literature ?
He turned his face to the wall as if resolved to grimly bide his time.
When he lay down and turned his face to the wall, all the rage had gone out of him.
The general meant to have said much more, but as soon as he had stretched himself out, he turned his face to the wall, and slept the sleep of the just.
For a week since he had resolved to die, and during the four days that he had been carrying out his purpose, Edmond had not spoken to the attendant, had not answered him when he inquired what was the matter with him, and turned his face to the wall when he looked too curiously at him; but now the jailer might hear the noise and put an end to it, and so destroy a ray of something like hope that soothed his last moments.
Carranza said: "He turned his face to the wall and started snoring.
He could have just turned his face to the wall and awaited his fate but he and Susan, also 19, obviously share a very special love and are determined their love will live on.