Definition of to death in US English:

to death

phrase

  • 1Used of a particular action or process that results in someone's death.

    ‘he was stabbed to death’
    • ‘Once this was done, these men were axed and clubbed to death and thrown into the pit.’
    • ‘He also had form, having nearly strangled Arlene to death just weeks both she disappeared.’
    • ‘Another was stoned to death for trying to leave the country with a man that was not a relative.’
    • ‘Of what use is decisive victory in battle, he asked, if we bleed to death as a result?’
    • ‘Forensic experts believe they now have a DNA profile of the person who stabbed her to death.’
    • ‘Sometimes chickens will pick out the weakest one in the flock and peck it to death.’
    • ‘The family of a security guard who was stabbed to death have appealed for help to find his killer.’
    • ‘She did not want to be beaten to death by these people for the sake of her mother.’
    • ‘In the call, he told his wife that one passenger already had been stabbed to death.’
    • ‘A burglar is believed to have choked to death after getting his neck trapped in a window of a home he was fleeing.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, trouble flared when a British teenager was stabbed to death outside a bar.’
    • ‘This is a far cry from last year's parade where a man was stabbed to death on the route.’
    • ‘He was then caught on a nearby roundabout where he was beaten, stabbed and axed to death.’
    • ‘A heroin addict has spoken of the moment he used a heavy wooden lamp stand to beat two men to death as they slept in his flat.’
    • ‘If we cast our minds back many have been murdered, tortured, burned to death and persecuted.’
    • ‘The drama begins with the death of Melissa, whom Periander beats to death in a furious rage.’
    • ‘A postmortem revealed he had bled to death after a single stab wound to the neck severed a main artery.’
    • ‘The apparent weapon was sarin gas, a highly toxic nerve agent that causes victims to choke to death.’
    • ‘I was sadly told the other day that a large majority of the cats had been poisoned to death.’
    • ‘Police are to swamp a town with posters in a bid to identify the brutes who battered a father to death in front of his family.’
    1. 1.1 Used to emphasize the extreme nature of a specific action, feeling, or state of mind.
      ‘I'm sick to death of you’
      ‘the story scared me to death’
      • ‘However, I am sick to death of people maligning the elderly as burdens on society.’
      • ‘No wonder they're commentating on Grand Prix, they've bored their only friends to death.’
      • ‘I am sick to death of people like you standing up and telling me how wrong I am.’
      • ‘Frankly, if it means being bored to death by a whining old former talent at a rally, I'd give it a miss.’
      • ‘Workers are sick to death of the injustice of low pay for doing vital public service jobs.’
      • ‘I think he came on this stupid quest thing just so he could annoy me to death.’
      • ‘I was in very good company, and managed to bore some extremely nice people to death.’
      • ‘I am sure I am not the only person who is sick to death of the constant noise and mess.’
      • ‘I am sick to death of reading letters in your newspaper about how bad bus drivers are.’
      • ‘I've been sick to death of referees all season and it's people like him that lose us jobs.’
      • ‘I'm sick to death of liberal commentators waffling on their opposition to the war.’
      • ‘I had to take the karate lesson as well, didn't have any kind of plan in mind, and talked myself to death.’
      • ‘The Functionary had a bedraggled expression, like he'd been almost licked to death.’
      out of one's mind, to death, to tears, silly, stupid, sick
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