die on

die on (one)

1. To die while in one's care or while in one's presence. Get the defibrillator—I refuse to let this guy die on me!
2. To stop functioning, as of a machine, especially while one is in the middle of using it. I have to go buy a new blender because mine died on me today.
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die on someone

1. Lit. [for a patient] to die under the care of someone. Get that medicine over here fast, or this guy's gonna die on me. Come on, mister, don't die on me!
2. Fig. [for something] to quit running for someone. My car died on me, and I couldn't get it started. My CD player died on me, and I had to listen to the radio.
See also: die, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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