- to throw overboard.
- to get rid of; abandon; discard.
- to reject, negate, or ruin: The team deep-sixed the manager's attempt to call Sunday practice.
Origin of deep-six
- burial or discarding at sea.
- complete rejection or ruin.
Origin of deep six
Examples from the Web for deep-six
The prescription for U.S. policy, then, should be clear: deep-six the sequester.The Sequester Defies Economic Good Sense and Should Be Canceled
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I have wanted to deep-six our opening credits for about two years.More Big Love Questions Answered
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- (tr) US slang to dispose of (something, such as documents) completely; destroy
Word Origin and History for deep-six
"place where something is discarded," by 1921 (in phrase give (something) the deep six), originally in motorboating slang, perhaps from earlier underworld noun sense of "the grave" (1929), which is perhaps a reference to the usual grave depth of six feet. But the phrase (in common with mark twain) also figured in the sailing jargon of sounding, for a measure of six fathoms:
As the water deepened under her keel the boyish voice rang out from the chains: "By the mark five--and a quarter less six--by the deep six--and a half seven--by the deep eight--and a quarter eight." ["Learning the Road to Sea," in "Outing" magazine, Feb. 1918]
In general use by 1940s. As a verb from 1953.
To dispose of, discard, or get rid of: “The board of directors deep-sixed the proposal without even reading it.” This phrase is derived from the noun “deep six,” meaning burial at sea and referring to the depth of water necessary for such a burial. The term was later used as slang for a grave (customarily six feet underground) and, by extension, as a verb meaning “to kill.”
Idioms and Phrases with deep-six
Also, give or get the deep six. Burial at sea. For example, When the torpedo hit our boat, I was sure we'd get the deep six. This expression alludes to the customary six-foot depth of most graves. [Early 1900s]
Disposal or rejection of something, as in They gave the new plan the deep six. This usage comes from nautical slang of the 1920s for tossing something overboard (to its watery grave; see def. 1). It was transferred to more general kinds of disposal in the 1940s and gave rise to the verb to deep-six, for “toss overboard” or “discard.”