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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pursuant to the provisions of Article 5:25i paragraph 2 of the Dutch Act on Financial Supervision (Wet op het Financieel Toezicht) and Article 4 paragraph 3, of the Decree on Public Takeover Bids (Besluit Openbare Biedingen Wft) in connection with the recommended public offer by FedEx Acquisition B.
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.
Dore compares the Dutch Act with the Model Law, and in so doing notes the Dutch Act's areas of clarity and of confusion.