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feed the fishes

slang To drown. Primarily heard in UK. We've got a search party out there right now, but I'm getting more and more worried about some of our guys feeding the fishes. If you can't swim, it's only a matter of time till you feed the fishes!
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feed the fishes

1 be dead from drowning. 2 vomit over the side of a boat. informal
See also: feed, Fishes
References in classic literature ?
Yes, there was Captain Harris in the flesh, eating heartily between great gulps of wine, instead of feeding the fishes as all the world supposed.
Trump was feeding the fishes when Abe emptied the box of fish feed in his hand and Trump followed suit, which made Abe and others present smile.
A witness, now aged 27 but a boy at the time, told the trial O'Neill had once nodded towards the Firth and said: "She is feeding the fishes down there.
Devotees believe that feeding the fishes would bring good luck for them.