die by (one's) own hand

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die by (one's) own hand

euphemism To commit suicide. Because she always seemed so happy and upbeat, I was shocked to hear that she had died by her own hand.
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die by one's own hand

Euph. to commit suicide. Jane: I just heard that Bill died. I didn't know he was sick. Dan: He wasn't sick. He died by his own hand. She died at the age of fifty, by her own hand.
See also: die, hand, own
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At the double inquest the coroner's jury found that Daniel Baker died by his own hand while suffering from temporary insanity, and that Samuel Morritz was murdered by some person or persons to the jury unknown.
Emily closed the pages which told her that her father had died by his own hand.
I was about to say," resumes the lawyer with undisturbed calmness, "that whether he had died by his own hand or not, it was beyond my power to tell you.
The following day, Old Jock died by his own hand, He requested at his funeral a Scottish military band, It was touching, fitting, too, For a couple that first met at the Edinburgh Tattoo.
A month after he was discharged, he died by his own hand.
He died by his own hand, it says, while in prison, charged with kidnap and the brutal murder of Sir Fraser Gibson, head of the Scottish Linen Bank.
Russian exile Boris Berezovsky, incidentally an Abramovich rival, may have died by his own hand in a Berkshire dacha.
He later died by his own hand during a shootout with police five miles from the quarry.
Sadly, Dad died by his own hand a few years after the war.
Until he was no longer living - he died by his own hand on April 30, 1945 - there was no way Germany would capitulate.
His widow sought to have his name entered on the Wall of Honour commemorating officers who died in the line of duty--and has been denied by police leadership because he died by his own hand and not a felon's.
Robert Hilferty, writer, activist, filmmaker, and a frequent contributor to this magazine as well as to The New York Times, The Village Voice, Opera News, and others, died by his own hand on July 24, 2009, at age 49, in Manhattan.
So I read in disbelief the eulogies, the praise of the recently late schmutter designer Alexander McQueen, who died by his own hand.
Ms Hughes, a poet, author and artist, said in a statement to the newspaper: "It is with profound sorrow that I must announce the death of my brother, Nicholas Hughes, who died by his own hand on Monday, March 16, 2009 at his home in Alaska.
The inquest was held on the following Wednesday, the jury concluding that Haydon had died by his own hand, and that he had been, at the time, in an unsound state of mind.