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do the Dutch

To commit 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.
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do the Dutch

commit suicide. North American informal
Dutch is short for ‘the Dutch act’: apparently in the 19th century, when the expression originated, the Dutch had a reputation in America for attempting suicide.
See also: Dutch
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The late Mr Harold Shepherdson was a personal friend, and I had the honour of doing the Dutch football ratings on Heine Otto, resulting in him signing and playing many games.
Joachim Low insists Germany won't be doing the Dutch any favours against Denmark because they'll be too busy looking after themselves to care.
That's decent golf by any standards and I could see him doing the Dutch double at a tasty 28-1 with Coral.