Idioms about death

Idioms about death

another nail in one’s coffin
Meaning: If you describe something as another nail in the coffin of another thing, you mean that it is one in a series of events that lead to the downfall or inevitable failure of that thing.

at death’s door
Meaning: About to die; in a life-threatening state of health

be dead in the water
Meaning: The idiom dead in the water means that something is unable to move or function.

between life and death
Meaning: A situation involving the danger of dying or being killed.

bite the dust
Meaning: to break; to fail.; to die

breathe one’s last
Meaning: The phrase breathe one’s last means to die.

brush with death
Meaning: If someone has a brush with death, they have an experience in which one almost dies.

cut someone dead
Meaning: If you cut someone dead, you ignore them because you are angry or you are displeased with them.

dance on someone’s grave
Meaning: To celebrate a person’s death triumphantly.

dead and buried
Meaning: No longer in use or under consideration, irrelevant, forgotten.

dead meat
Meaning: Someone in danger of death or severe punishment.

dead right
Meaning: If someone is dead right, it means that they are absolutely correct.

dead serious
Meaning: The phrase dead serious is an idiomatic expression that means one is absolutely serious and is not joking.

dead to the world
Meaning: Said about someone who is sound asleep or unconscious.

dead wood
Meaning: Workers no longer contributing to an organization.

dice with death
Meaning: If someone dices with death, they do something risky or dangerous that could even cause their death.

done to death
Meaning: if something is done to death, it is used or discussed so many times that it has become boring.

It’s your funeral
Meaning: The phrase It’s your funeral! is used to mean that if someone has to face the consequences of his or her actions.

kiss of death
Meaning: If something is described as a kiss of death, it is certain to cause failure and ruin.

knock them dead
Meaning: If you knock someone dead, you strongly impress them.

love somebody to death
Meaning: To love somebody very much.

meet one’s death
Meaning: To die.

never say die
Meaning: The phrase never say die means never give up or surrender. It is used to encourage a person to keep trying.

nothing is certain but death and taxes
Meaning: You will undoubtedly die.; You will certainly have to pay taxes.

over my dead body
Meaning: Under no circumstances; absolutely not.

turn in one’s grave
Meaning: To turn in one’s grave or to turn over in one’s grave is an idiomatic expression used to describe the anger or revulsion of a dead person if he or she were alive to hear of particular negative news or actions.

wouldn’t be caught dead
Meaning: If you wouldn’t be caught dead doing something, you would never do it because you would feel ashamed or embarrassed

you’re killing me
Meaning: The phrase you’re killing me is an exaggerated way of saying that something or someone is very funny.

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