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sleep with the fishes

gangster cliché To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a river, lake, or ocean. Make sure that no-good snitch sleeps with the fishes before he gets a chance to testify in court.
See also: Fishes, sleep
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If this author may be permitted to paraphrase a line from "The Godfather," our environmental future sleeps with the fishes.
With so much at stake, no wonder Stavros from There's A Plaice For Us warned darkly: "Graham Young sleeps with the fishes."
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