deep-six

verb \ ˈdēp-ˈsiks \

Definition of deep-six

transitive verb
1 : to get rid of : discard, eliminate
  • legislators voting to deep-six a government program
2 slang : to throw overboard

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First Known Use of deep-six

1952


deep six

noun

Definition of deep six

slang
: a place of disposal or abandonment used especially in the phrase give it the deep six

Origin and Etymology of deep six

from the leadsman's call by the deep six for a depth corresponding to the sixth deep on a sounding line


DEEP-SIX Defined for English Language Learners

deep-six

verb

Definition of deep-six for English Language Learners

  • : to get rid of (something) : to no longer use or consider (something)



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