- ashes, refuse, etc.
- junk1 (def. 1).
Idioms about 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
How to use dust in a sentence
Each night, when he finished, his body was caked in the dust from the crushed bones and stank of the landfill.
This mercury eventually reaches the sea in rain, dust, and runoff from rivers and estuaries.Researchers found signs of human pollution in animals living six miles beneath the sea|Kate Baggaley|November 19, 2020|Popular-Science
Williams had to pick herself up, dust herself off and try harder next time.Losing gracefully is one of the most important lessons from playing sports|Fred Bowen|November 18, 2020|Washington Post
Because the process happens in an enclosed environment, Mighty can also re-capture dust during the milling process to re-use that material in future printing.A new material allows this company to 3D print most of a house in a single day|Stan Horaczek|November 18, 2020|Popular-Science
This long-distance dust could explain much of the bonus melting of Himalayan snows and ice, his team now reports.Surprising long-haul dust and tar are melting high glaciers|Sid Perkins|November 17, 2020|Science News For Students
But Obamacare picked itself up and dusted itself off surprisingly well.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions|Nina Strochlic|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other versions are coated in marzipan, or dusted in powder sugar.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The searing winds and dusted Afghan sky reminded me of Iraq.
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|DAILY BEAST
But in some states, creative lawyers have dusted them off and left adult children reeling.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents?|Keli Goff|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Gum dusted a large old-fashioned oak chair with her apron; but he perched himself on one of its elbows.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Finally, her labors over, she dusted an aged rocking-chair and sat down, fanning herself with her hat.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
This exquisite powder is to be dusted over the face, and, being perfectly harmless, may be used as often as necessity requires.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Um-ko lifted them, dusted the velvet thongs, and placed them with mathematical precision side by side upon the flat stone.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
He wudden't know whether I swept or dusted rightly, or whether I gave the place a lick and a promise.In the Onyx Lobby|Carolyn Wells
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
Other 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