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bite the dust

1. slang Of a person, to die. We were so lucky to avoid that massive accident—we might have bitten the dust!
2. slang Of a machine, to be near a complete breakdown or loss of functionality. Judging by all that noise coming from her car, I'm pretty sure it's about to bite the dust. I have to go buy a new blender because mine bit the dust today.
3. slang To become unpopular or irrelevant. Sadly, it doesn't take long for the latest technological innovations to bite the dust.
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bite the dust

 
1. Sl. to die. A shot rang out, and another cowboy bit the dust. The soldier was too young to bite the dust.
2. Sl. to break; to fail; to give out. My old car finally bit the dust. This pen is out of ink and has bitten the dust.
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bite the dust

Suffer defeat or death, as in The 1990 election saw both of our senators bite the dust. Although this expression was popularized by American Western films of the 1930s, in which either cowboys or Indians were thrown from their horses to the dusty ground, it originated much earlier. Tobias Smollett had it in Gil Blas (1750): "We made two of them bite the dust."
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bite the dust

COMMON
1. If something bites the dust, it fails or stops existing. With the news that milk chocolate can help cut cholesterol, yet another healthy eating fad bites the dust. Quite a few restaurants have bitten the dust recently.
2. If someone bites the dust, they die. A Wild West showman nearly bit the dust when he blew himself up making blank bullets in his garden shed. Note: This expression is used to refer to someone's death in a humorous way. Note: In stories about the Wild West, cowboys were said to `bite the dust' when they were shot and fell off their horses.
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bite the dust

1 be killed. 2 fail. informal
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bite the ˈdust

(informal)
1 fail, or be defeated or destroyed: Thousands of small businesses bite the dust every year.
2 (humorous) die
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bite the dust

1. tv. to die. A shot rang out, and another cowboy bit the dust.
2. tv. to break; to fail; to give out. My car finally bit the dust.
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bite the dust

Slang
1. To fall dead, especially in combat.
2. To be defeated.
3. To come to an end.
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That's because several gearboxes on these cranes have bit the dust.
Two members of the Fellowship have bit the dust, although as any soap fan will remind you, just because someone has plunged into an abyss doesn't necessarily mean he's not coming back.
After all of the big names like Tiger Woods, David Duval and Ernie Els bit the dust - Britain's five representatives did not even survive the opening round - the 35-year-old Maggert, seeded 24th, beat compatriot Andrew Magee by chipping in from 20 feet at the second extra hole after two rounds of cut-and-thrust could not separate them.
ANTE-POST favourite Cross Country bit the dust yesterday in the JP McManus Irish Cup, while one of the antepost favourites in the Red Mills Bitch Stake market, Droopys Scotch, also went out.
When the Bay City Rollers bit the dust it left scar tissue on my soul.
Christian O'Connell bit the dust and now C4's hugely expensive Boys And Girls has gone the same way.
Previous proposals such as Owensmouth, Lankershim, Mission Acres, Marion, North Los Angeles and Cahuenga Park bit the dust for names perceived as sexier.
No sooner had Muttley smugly pointed out last week that, unlike the nags, we never lose a dog meeting to the weather, the BAGS cards at Swindon and Monmore bit the dust on Monday to frost.
After more than 20 years on the outside gym wall at Sutter Middle School in Winnetka, Yosemite Sam bit the dust last month as the campus mascot.
FORMER Celtic wing king Joe Miller is desperate to re-launch his career in Scotland after his American dream bit the dust.
Doddie was in charge of Hearts when then owner Wallace Mercer's plan to buy Hibs bit the dust in 1990, mainly due to the supporter-led Hands off Hibs campaign.
ROXANNE bit the dust in Pop Idol on Saturday as the public continue their quest to get rid of anyone with enough talent to enjoy a successful career, writes Stuart Carruthers.
Another would-be Secretariat bit the dust Saturday when Point Given finished up the track in the Kentucky Derby.