dust

[ duhst ]
/ dʌst /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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Idioms for dust

Origin of dust

before 900; Middle English; Old English dūst; cognate with German Dunst vapor

OTHER WORDS FROM dust

dust·less, adjectivere·dust, verb (used with object)un·dust·ed, adjectivewell-dust·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bite the dust

dust
/ (dʌst) /

noun

verb

See also dust down, dust-up

Derived forms of dust

dustless, adjective

Word Origin for dust

Old English dūst; related to Danish dyst flour dust, Middle Dutch dūst dust, meal dust, Old High German tunst storm
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Cultural definitions for bite the dust

bite the dust

Literally, to fall face down in the dirt; to suffer a defeat: “Once again, the champion wins, and another contender bites the dust.”

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Idioms and Phrases with bite the dust (1 of 2)

bite the dust

Suffer defeat or death, as in The 1990 election saw both of our senators bite the dust. Although this expression was popularized by American Western films of the 1930s, in which either cowboys or Indians were thrown from their horses to the dusty ground, it originated much earlier. Tobias Smollett had it in Gil Blas (1750): “We made two of them bite the dust.”

Idioms and Phrases with bite the dust (2 of 2)

dust

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