- ashes, refuse, etc.
- junk1(def 1).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- dusky grouse,
- dusky seaside sparrow,
- dusky shark,
- dust ball,
- dust bowl,
- dust bowler,
- dust bunny,
- dust cart
- 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
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.
Little ricochets of dust kicked into the face of a tall man in a tan shalwar kameez and prayer cap.
In visible light this star system is completely shrouded in dust, its details hidden.
By the side of the shed where Harry was standing there was a window, thick with dust.The Hero of Garside School|J. Harwood Panting
I expect my arrival at the office will be the signal for a cloud of dust in which he will disappear, heading for the first train.The Opened Shutters|Clara Louise Burnham
But his glory was growing dim and his power was withering into dust.
Suddenly she perceived that her dress was wet with perspiration and grimy with dust.Rose of Dutcher's Coolly|Hamlin Garland
Forms, now turning into dust, holy in our memories, read these familiar pages.The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible|R. Heber Newton
- 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."
c.1200, "to rise as dust;" later "to sprinkle with dust" (1590s) and "to rid of dust" (1560s); from dust (n.). Related: Dusted; dusting. Sense of "to kill" is U.S. slang first recorded 1938 (cf. bite the dust under bite (v.)).
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