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die like flies

To succumb to a particular problem, often an illness. This phrase is typically only used when more than one person has been adversely affected. People will be dying like flies if we are unable to contain this infection.
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die (or drop) like flies

die or collapse in large numbers.
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die/drop/fall like ˈflies

die, become ill, etc. in large numbers: During the epidemic people were dropping like flies.
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