the Dutch act

Dutch act

1. The act of committing 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 act.
2. The act of deserting or fleeing from something, especially military duty. (See above for origin.) Robert is likely to be court-martialed for doing the Dutch act while on active duty in Iraq.
See also: act, Dutch

the Dutch act

and the Dutch cure
n. suicide. Well, Ken took the Dutch cure last week. So sad. It was the Dutch act. He ate his gun.
See also: act, Dutch
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If Entrnce did continue to provide this service, it would not be allowed within a network company after 1 January 2020 in any case, based on the Dutch Act on the Progress of the Energy Transition (in Dutch: Wet Voortgang Energie Transitie).
This announcement is released pursuant to the EU transparency directive and the Dutch act on financial supervision.
These claims were settled under the Dutch Act on Collective Settlements of Mass Damages, which allows for the collective resolution for members of a class who do not opt out.
(ii) a private placement of at least 5m [euro], made in the two preceding years, distributed among at least five qualified investors (as defined in the Dutch Act on the financial supervision (Wet op bet financial toezicht) which includes professional investors).
The Dutch act entertained guests in the VIP room with a great set - Peterborough chairman Barry Fry and funnyman Jimmy Carr did the honours during the dinner - before retiring to the lobby bar with the last guests standing.
The Dutch act's first No 1 appeals to pre- teens and party animals alike.
Dore compares the Dutch Act with the Model Law, and in so doing notes the Dutch Act's areas of clarity and of confusion.26 This comparison is similar to the one he makes between the different sets of arbitration rules in Chapter One.