- ashes, refuse, etc.
- junk1 (def. 1).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for dust
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM dustdustless, adjectivere·dust, verb (used with object)un·dust·ed, adjectivewell-dusted, adjective
Words nearby dust
How to use dust in a sentence
Its dust collection system captures up to 75 percent of dust generated by your project so clean up is easy.Make every project a breeze with the right miter saw|PopSci Commerce Team|August 26, 2020|Popular Science
Now its frozen gases regularly vaporize under solar heat, releasing clouds of dust that make the jets and streamers visible.These Images Expose the Dark Side of the Solar System - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Corey S. Powell|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
Now research suggests that dust particles can become fomites, too.Dust can infect animals with flu, raising coronavirus concerns|Erin Garcia de Jesus|August 24, 2020|Science News For Students
Electric fields associated with dust lifting could affect the performance and lifetime of hardware on Mars, Grossman says, “although I don’t think it was the critical factor for Phoenix or Opportunity.”Readers ask about Mars dust storms, Fermi bubbles and more|Science News Staff|August 23, 2020|Science News
It formed some 680 million years ago from a large cloud of gas and dust in the Milky Way.Milky Way’s tidal forces are shredding a nearby star cluster|Ken Croswell|August 18, 2020|Science News For Students
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|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
“I have full faith that this will happen,” Williams says, prepping her fairy dust for a flurry of happy thoughts.The Cast of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Knows You Hatewatched ‘The Sound of Music’|Kevin Fallon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If we enter with hammer in hand, we may leave with merely dust and rubble on our faces.
In the aperture of the window, amid piles of paper, stood a rickety old table, covered with dust.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
It was little better than coal dust, and would not carry a ball fifty paces to kill or wound.
Never mind the dust; I've turned it on to make believe we're going tremendously fast.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
He laid it upon the floor, and took out a plaster mask, and brushing and blowing off the saw-dust, held it up.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
When the smoke and dust cleared away nothing stirred on the whole of that piece of ground.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for dust
- the mortal body of man
- the corpse of a dead person
- to fail completely or cease to exist
- to fall down dead
Derived forms of dustdustless, adjective
Word Origin for dust
Idioms and Phrases with dust
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