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Definition: To bite the dust
(b[imac]t), v. t. [imp. Bit
(b[i^]t); p. p.
; p. pr. & vb. n. Biting
biten, AS. b[=i]tan; akin to D. bijten, OS. b[=i]tan, OHG.
b[=i]zan, G. beissen, Goth. beitan, Icel. b[=i]ta, Sw. bita,
Dan. bide, L. findere to cleave, Skr. bhid to cleave.
[root]87. Cf. Fissure
1. To seize with the teeth, so that they enter or nip the
thing seized; to lacerate, crush, or wound with the teeth;
as, to bite an apple; to bite a crust; the dog bit a man.
Such smiling rogues as these,
Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain. --Shak.
2. To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some
insects) used in taking food.
3. To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure,
in a literal or a figurative sense; as, pepper bites the
mouth. “Frosts do bite the meads.”
4. To cheat; to trick; to take in. [Colloq.] --Pope.
5. To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to; as, the
anchor bites the ground.
The last screw of the rack having been turned so
often that its purchase crumbled, . . . it turned
and turned with nothing to bite. --Dickens.
To bite the dust
, To bite the ground
, to fall in the
agonies of death; as, he made his enemy bite the dust.
To bite in
(Etching), to corrode or eat into metallic
plates by means of an acid.
To bite the thumb at
(any one), formerly a mark of
contempt, designed to provoke a quarrel; to defy. “Do you
bite your thumb at us?”
To bite the tongue
, to keep silence. --Shak.
(d[u^]st), n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal
dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist,
dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill
dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [root]71.]
1. Fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so
comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the wind;
that which is crumbled to minute portions; fine powder;
as, clouds of dust; bone dust.
Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust.
2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] “To
touch a dust of England's ground.”
3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead.
For now shall sleep in the dust. --Job vii. 21.
4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of
the human body.
And you may carve a shrine about my dust.
5. Figuratively, a worthless thing.
And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust. --Shak.
6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition.
[God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust. --1 Sam.
7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash.
Down with the dust
, deposit the cash; pay down the money.
[Slang] “My lord, quoth the king, presently deposit your
hundred pounds in gold, or else no going hence all the
days of your life. . . . The Abbot down with his dust, and
glad he escaped so, returned to Reading.”
(Bot.), a fungous plant (Ustilago Carbo
called also smut
, fine particles of gold, such as are obtained in
placer mining; -- often used as money, being transferred
In dust and ashes
. See under Ashes
To bite the dust
. See under Bite
, v. t.
To raise dust
To kick up dust
, to make a commotion. [Colloq.]
To throw dust in one's eyes
, to mislead; to deceive.