Graves


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(someone) is/would be turning over in their grave

The thing in question is offensive to the memory of someone; someone would be filled with shame, disgust, or disapproval if they were alive today. What on earth have you done to your grandmother's beautiful wedding dress? Oh my gosh, she would be turning over in her grave to see it ruined like this! I'm sure your grandfather is turning over in his grave, considering the atrocious way you've been running the company he built himself.
See also: grave, over, turning

carry a secret to (one's)/the grave

To keep (not reveal) a secret for the duration of one's life. I can't believe that Grandma carried such a huge family secret to her grave! If Uncle Joe hadn't blurted it out, we'd never have known about it! Oh, Emily is a loyal friend—she would definitely carry a secret to the grave.
See also: carry, grave, secret, to

dig (one's) own grave

To do something that has or will have negative consequences that are easily able to be foreseen. If you don't turn in your project, you're digging your own grave. There's no way you'll get a decent grade without it! I'm afraid I'm digging my own grave by turning down the promotion.
See also: dig, grave, own

go to (one's) grave

To die. I'm just worried that you'll go to your grave angry at your sister.
See also: go, grave, to

make (one) turn over in (one's) grave

To horribly dishonor the memory of someone who has passed away; to do something that would cause someone to be filled with shame, disgust, or disapproval if they were alive today The way you dress would make your grandmother turn over in her grave. Your grandfather built this company with his bare hands, and the atrocious way you've been running it would make him turn over in his grave!
See also: grave, make, over, turn

roll (over) in (one's) grave

To (hypothetically) show enormous anger, disfavor, or regret for something that happens after one has died. (That is, if someone were still alive, they would be greatly upset, angered, or disgusted by what has happened.) I can't believe you're using our employees' pension payments to prop up a Ponzi scheme. The founder of this once-great company would be rolling in his grave to see its directors stoop so low. Your poor mother would roll over in her grave if she heard the horrible things you were saying about your sister. I can't believe you wrecked your grandfather's prized vintage Ford Mustang. That's enough to make him roll over in his grave!
See also: grave, roll

swear on (one's) mother's grave

To make a very serious, solemn pledge, especially that one is telling the truth. Janet has sworn on her mother's grave that she wasn't the one to betray me, and I believe her. I swear on my mother's grave that if I have a chance to help your campaign, I will.
See also: grave, on, swear

take (something) to the grave

To not reveal or share some secret until the day one dies. My grandmother took the affair to her grave. We only found out about it because the man she'd been seeing so many years ago showed up to her funeral! A: "Please, don't tell anyone what I told you today!" B: "I swear, I'll take it to the grave." The company use extreme non-disclosure agreements to ensure all employees take its research to the grave.
See also: grave, take, to

take a/the secret to (one's)/the grave

To not reveal a secret for the duration of one's life. I can't believe that grandma took such a huge family secret to her grave! If Uncle Joe hadn't blurted it out, we'd never have known about it! Oh, Emily is a loyal friend—she would definitely take the secret to the grave.
See also: grave, secret, take, to

turn (over) in (one's) grave

To (hypothetically) show enormous anger, disfavor, or regret for someone's actions or something that happens after one has died. That is, if someone were still alive, they would be greatly upset, angered, or disgusted by what has happened. I can't believe you're using our employees' pension payments to prop up a Ponzi scheme. The founder of this once-great company would be turning in his grave to see its directors stoop so low. Your poor mother would turn over in her grave if she heard the horrible things you were saying about your sister. I can't believe you wrecked your grandfather's prized truck. That's enough to make him turn over in his grave!
See also: grave, turn

watery grave

1. A place underwater where someone has drowned to death. Anyone who goes in the ocean with these intense rip currents is liable to end up in a watery grave. I need to get some rest before we get back on the road. The last thing I want is to fall asleep at the wheel and put us all in a watery grave.
2. A burial place in water for a dead body. The hitman tied cinderblocks to the informant's body and sent him to a watery grave. In olden times, sailors who died on the sea had to be thrown overboard into watery graves.
See also: grave
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'"The grave, Sir; making the grave," stammered the sexton.
Slowly and peacefully, the father sank into the grave, and, soon after, the sharer of all his cares and troubles followed him to a place of rest.
The stone on which he had first seen the goblin seated, stood bolt upright before him, and the grave at which he had worked, the night before, was not far off.
He ended the anthem, as he had commenced it, in the midst of a grave and solemn stillness.
Then came a procession like the other, and the whole nation was collected about the temporary grave of the chief-- temporary, because it was proper that, at some future day, his bones should rest among those of this own people.
The same grave expression of grief, the same rigid silence, and the same deference to the principal mourner, were observed around the place of interment as have been already described.
They then filled the grave with earth and tramped upon it until it would hold no more.
The balance of the loose earth was thrown far and wide, and a mass of dead undergrowth spread in as natural a manner as possible over the new-made grave to obliterate all signs of the ground having been disturbed.
Soon he discovered a spade hidden by the underbrush which they had laid upon the grave.
Hartright," she went on, "I will show you the grave, and then go back at once to the house.
Fairlie's grave from the humbler monuments scattered about it.
They dug a grave for her in the new soil, where the roots of the pine-trees impeded their spades; and when her bones had rested there nearly two hundred years, and a city had sprung up around them, a church of stone was built upon the spot.
Where their house would have stood, there was his grave."
Here she seated herself again at the head of the grave, watching each movement of the youths with eager and jealous eyes.
Throughout the whole of a ceremony, which is ever solemn and admonitory, the squatter had maintained a grave and serious deportment.