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do the Dutch

slang To commit suicide. The disparaging use of the word "Dutch" is a reference to the fierce rivalry between the English and the Dutch in the 17th century. After her daughter died, we were worried that Mary might be tempted to do the Dutch.
See also: Dutch

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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With the intelligent de Boer pulling the strings for fit-again Michael Mols, and Giavanni Van Brockhorst growing in stature all the time - never forgetting the always excellent Arthur Numan - the one certain thing is that whatever Rangers may achieve on the Euro beat it will be done the Dutch way.