deep-six

verb
\ 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

noun

Definition of deep six (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of deep-six

Verb

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deep-six

Noun

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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“Deep-six.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deep-sixes. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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deep-six

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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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