Dutch act

Dutch act

1. The act of committing suicide. The disparaging use of the word "Dutch" is a reference to the fierce rivalry between England and the Dutch in the 17th century. After her daughter died, we were worried that Mary might be tempted to do the Dutch act.
2. The act of deserting or fleeing from something, especially military duty. (See above for origin.) Robert is likely to be court-martialed for doing the Dutch act while on active duty in Iraq.
See also: act, Dutch
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

the Dutch act

and the Dutch cure
n. suicide. Well, Ken took the Dutch cure last week. So sad. It was the Dutch act. He ate his gun.
See also: act, Dutch
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Doors at 11pm with support from Dutch act Cinnaman and admission is [euro]20.
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The Dutch act entertained guests in the VIP room with a great set - Peterborough chairman Barry Fry and funnyman Jimmy Carr did the honours during the dinner - before retiring to the lobby bar with the last guests standing.
Dore compares the Dutch Act with the Model Law, and in so doing notes the Dutch Act's areas of clarity and of confusion.26 This comparison is similar to the one he makes between the different sets of arbitration rules in Chapter One.