- 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 dusted
Contemporary Examples of dusted
But Obamacare picked itself up and dusted itself off surprisingly well.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions
December 31, 2014
Other versions are coated in marzipan, or dusted in powder sugar.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
The searing winds and dusted Afghan sky reminded me of Iraq.The View of Iraq From Troops in Afghanistan
June 25, 2014
Stewed apples, dusted with cinnamon, are an ideal companion to spicy food.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken
Jane & Michael Stern
May 26, 2014
But in some states, creative lawyers have dusted them off and left adult children reeling.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents?
April 26, 2014
Historical Examples of dusted
She moved about the room, sniffing and sobbing as she dusted.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
In the cellar, wine bottles were dusted by quick, nervous hands.Celebrity
A plainer way is to dry the fish, after it has been washed and cleaned, and lay it on a board before the fire, dusted with flour.
Or the minced meat may be kept in a very small pan, closely covered, and so rolled and dusted with flour before it is fried.
We dusted the sand off their little feet before we lifted them up.Lotus Buds
- 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