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1Be killed.‘the baddies bite the dust with lead in their bellies’
die, pass away, pass on, expire, decease, perish, depart this life, be no more, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, meet one's maker, give up the ghost, go to the great beyond, cross the great divide, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of all flesh, go the way of the flesh, go to one's last resting placeView synonyms
- ‘It does not change the fact that another youth bites the dust to a druglord's greed and disregard for the value of life.’
- ‘And whole nations of bad guys would bite the dust.’
- ‘Perhaps, after spending a century or so biting the dust in Hollywood films, these native Americans are happy to be playing the good guys.’
- ‘The editing also confuses and distracts at key moments and the plot grows increasingly garbled as commanding officers cower in fear, lowly ranks refuse to obey orders and make a run for it, and another soldier bites the dust.’
- ‘I'm not going to talk baby talk to Annie and teach her the Disney world of violence with no consequences, where the bad guy always bites the dust and the good guy lives happily ever after.’
- ‘I had started seed last summer and put out some transplants last fall, and they bit the dust with our harsh winter.’
- ‘I was almost at the foot of the World Trade Centre when it happened and for a second I thought I was going to bite the dust.’
- ‘And once the city pound, Berger Blanc, is called in, death is often the result - and it's usually not the catcher who bites the dust.’
- ‘But the Marshal still won't bite the dust; Sawyer was aiming for the heart, but got it wrong and shot him in the chest instead.’
- ‘Expect doors bashed open, a rapid burst of gunfire and another bomber biting the dust.’
- 1.1 Fail or come to an end.‘she hoped the new course would not bite the dust for lack of funding’
fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, fall through, fall flat, break down, abort, miscarry, be defeated, suffer defeat, be in vain, be frustrated, collapse, founder, misfire, backfire, not come up to scratch, meet with disaster, come to grief, come to nothing, come to naught, miss the mark, run aground, go astrayView synonyms
- ‘But as one blog bites the dust, another appears, and you know, at some blogs they do things differently.’
- ‘And so a fine conservative website/blog bites the dust.’
- ‘The games are being run off thick and fast and the results as usual in a competition with such a high class field have been mixed to say the least with an odd big name biting the dust.’
- ‘And what about those million black-owned businesses that might bite the dust because of the dreaded estate tax?’
- ‘By the time DOS bit the dust in the fall of 2001, the company whose growth it ignited was valued at $341 billion.’
- ‘Warwickshire will be justifiably proud to become the last name to be engraved on the B & H Cup as the competition bites the dust after being around for 30 years.’
- ‘Every month another one bites the dust or news filters through of a fresh closure looming.’
- ‘Like so many of my dreams, another one bites the dust.’
- ‘We know what happens when robust journalism bites the dust.’
- ‘Also biting the dust will be the Metropole's ballroom and other rooms, centres of many late night jazz festival gigs and other functions.’
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