- ashes, refuse, etc.
- junk1(def 1).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to be killed, especially in battle; die.
- to suffer defeat; be unsuccessful; fail: Another manufacturer has bitten the dust.
- Baseball.(of a pitcher) to throw the ball purposely at or dangerously close to (the batter).
- to take out or prepare for use again, as after a period of inactivity or storage: I'm going to dust off my accounting skills and try to get a job in the finance department.
- to beat up badly: The gang of hoodlums dusted off a cop.
- to be killed; die.
- to humble oneself abjectly; grovel: He will resign rather than lick the dust.
Origin of dust
Examples from the Web for dust
Contemporary Examples of dust
Estee Lauder has not crumbled to dust because the perfect brown face of Joan Smalls represents it.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Moreover, trucks, dust, and boomtown stress are the effects of any large-scale industrial activity.
That is a lot of air pollution, noise, and yet more kicking up of dust.
Little ricochets of dust kicked into the face of a tall man in a tan shalwar kameez and prayer cap.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
In visible light this star system is completely shrouded in dust, its details hidden.The Most Stunning View Ever of Planets Being Born
Matthew R. Francis
November 9, 2014
Historical Examples of dust
Mauburn felt the rock foundations of Manhattan Island to be crumbling to dust.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I'd worked wid my mouf full of dust, but could not stop to get a drink of water.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
I'd level straightway with the dust, and with it sink our shame.
The making it difficult is part of the dust the Caucasian throws in his own eyes.
The object may be as small as a grain of dust or as big as a warship; to the water it is all the same.
- the mortal body of man
- the corpse of a dead person
- to fail completely or cease to exist
- to fall down dead
Word Origin for dust
Old English dust, from Proto-Germanic *dunstaz (cf. Old High German tunst "storm, breath," German Dunst "mist, vapor," Danish dyst "milldust," Dutch duist), from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, smoke, vapor" (cf. Sanskrit dhu- "shake," Latin fumus "smoke"). Meaning "that to which living matter decays" was in Old English, hence, figuratively, "mortal life."
In addition to the idiom beginning with dust
- dust off
- bite the dust
- dry as dust
- in the dust
- make the dust fly
- shake the dust from one's feet
- throw dust in someone's eyes
- watch my dust
- when the dust has settled