\ ˈdēp-ˈsiks \
deep-sixed; deep-sixing; deep-sixes

Definition of deep-six

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

deep six


Definition of deep six (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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The average cost of late-stage Lyme is deep six figures, usually. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "‘Being Believed Is Everything’: What It’s Like Living With a Controversial Diagnosis," 6 June 2018 Torres, 21, is the youngest player in franchise history to homer in four straight games and has gone deep six times in his last six. Greg Tartaglia, USA TODAY, "Gleyber Torres sets New York Yankees home run mark in win over LA Angels," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of deep-six


1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deep-six


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

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English Language Learners Definition of deep-six

US, informal : to get rid of (something) : to no longer use or consider (something)

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