be the death of

Definition of be the death of

  1. :  to cause (someone) to die I worry that his drug addiction will be the death of him. —often used figuratively suggesting concern or frustration Those kids will be the death of me!

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions :  the end of life — compare brain death

    :  an instance of dying

    :  the cause or occasion of loss of life

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to criticize severely

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