Origin of dusting
- 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 Words for dustingdrubbing, rout, thrashing, licking, slaughter, walloping, beating, whipping, trouncing
Examples from the Web for dusting
Contemporary Examples of dusting
The wounded warrior in front of me rode so well, and so fast, dusting me in the flats, that for a while I forgot he was a veteran.At the Wounded Warrior 100K, How George W. Bush Really Rolls
May 26, 2013
“We are dusting ourselves off and looking at how we can correct our mistakes,” said Collegio, of American Crossroads.Is the Cult of Karl Rove Over?
November 10, 2012
The equipment keeps changing, but people were using lasers and dusting powders that fluoresced when I started.Patricia Cornwell Talks New Book, 'Red Mist,' Forensics, and Angelina Jolie
December 13, 2011
Signs show you dusting off shelved entrepreneurial projects or weaving more commerce into the fabric of your daily life.Horoscopes: May 8-14
Starsky + Cox
May 7, 2011
Philip Lim, too, presented a more sober collection of muted palettes—but, as he often does—topped it off with a dusting of gold.Fashion Week Day 7
February 17, 2010
Historical Examples of dusting
The first task that was set her was that of sweeping and dusting a parlor.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
It was the dusting of the furniture in the parlour behind the shop.The Secret Agent
She was now walking to and fro, putting the arm-chairs in order, and dusting their backs.The Fortune of the Rougons
Levasseur dashed one hand against the other, as if dusting them.Captain Blood
It contained sulfa pills, powder for dusting, and other medicines.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
- 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