die before one's time

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of die before one's time

: to die at a younger age than one should
  • Mozart died before his time.

Word by Word Definitions

die play
  1. : to pass from physical life : expire

  2. : to pass out of existence : cease

  3. : to disappear or subside gradually

  1. : a small cube marked on each face with from one to six spots and used usually in pairs in various games and in gambling by being shaken and thrown to come to rest at random on a flat surface

  2. : dado

  3. : any of various tools or devices for imparting a desired shape, form, or finish to a material or for impressing an object or material: such as

before play
  1. : in advance : ahead

  2. : at an earlier time

  1. : forward of : in front of

  2. : in the presence of

  3. : under the jurisdiction or consideration of

  1. : earlier than the time that

  2. : sooner or quicker than

  3. : so that … do not

time play
  1. : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : duration

  2. : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

  3. : leisure

  1. : to arrange or set the time of : schedule

  2. : to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

  3. : to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. : of or relating to time

  2. : recording time

  3. : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment


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