One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
To (the) death; mortally, fatally. Also hyperbolically. Compare "amort". Now somewhat rare.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Copland (fl. 1505–1547), translator and printer. From Middle French, French à la mort desperate, to (the) death from à la + mort.
à la mort/ˌa la ˈmɔː/
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