\ ˈdēp-ˈsiks How to pronounce deep-six (audio) \
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 Twins went deep six times to surpass the mark of 267 set by the New York Yankees last season. Dana Gauruder, Twin Cities, "Twins break home run record with 268, but Tigers end their winning streak," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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