- 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
Related formsdust·less, adjectivere·dust, verb (used with object)un·dust·ed, adjectivewell-dust·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for dusted
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
I've washed them and dusted them so often and Miss Camilla has told me so much about them.The Slipper Point Mystery|Augusta Huiell Seaman
She dusted the seat with her smart silk apron before her father occupied it.No Name|Wilkie Collins
Old Mose dusted the stool with his sleeve, and proffered it.In Her Own Right|John Reed Scott
By tapping upon the box a fine shower of powder is dusted on to the surface to be gilded.Practical Bookbinding|Paul Adam
I heard them coming and believe me, I dusted around and made our camp do a vanishing act.Slim Evans and his Horse Lightning|Graham M. Dean
British Dictionary definitions for dusted
- the mortal body of man
- the corpse of a dead person
- to fail completely or cease to exist
- to fall down dead
Derived Formsdustless, adjective
Word Origin for dust
Idioms and Phrases with dusted
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