Definition of drop dead in US English:

drop dead


  • 1Die suddenly and unexpectedly.

    ‘she had seen her father drop dead of a heart attack’
    • ‘Born into a ‘lower middle-class family’ in a village outside Slough, she saw her father, a Polish émigré, drop dead in front of her when she was six years old.’
    • ‘If I am to believe my Chinese friends, my health is so poor, I am in danger of dropping dead at any minute.’
    • ‘Suddenly he drops dead and his soul is whisked away, to his not inconsiderable consternation, to heaven to be judged.’
    • ‘Only later did the pair find out that it was also the name of a racehorse which had performed well in country meetings for a while before suddenly dropping dead.’
    • ‘In Boston, 32 people with pacemakers, all within a 10-block radius, suddenly drop dead.’
    • ‘His father had dropped dead of a heart attack and a 28-year-old uncle suffered the same fate.’
    • ‘She came to live in Bolton after her husband William suddenly dropped dead and she had to give up the pub.’
    • ‘When he was eventually released, he suddenly dropped dead - perhaps from brain damage sustained in detention.’
    • ‘How can a perfectly healthy 26-year-old guy just drop dead all of sudden?’
    • ‘Cod liver oil isn't fashionable any longer, but cutting edge research has just shown that omega - 3 fats in fish oil can keep both men and women from dropping dead suddenly.’
    • ‘After his wife suddenly drops dead while vacuuming, his life takes an unexpected turn.’
    die, be killed, be slain, be a casualty, be a fatality, be lost, lose one's life, perish, drop dead, meet one's end, meet one's death
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    1. 1.1informal in imperative Used as an expression of intense scorn or dislike.
      • ‘William murmured into her ear through clenched teeth. ‘Drop dead.’’
      • ‘Every one of you guys should just drop dead and go to hell.’
      • ‘‘Neil really is a nice guy,’ I said coldly. ‘I hope you drop dead.’’