die like flies

Definition of die like flies

informal
:to die over a short period of time in large numbers
  • Horses and cattle died like flies during the drought.

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

fly play flies
  1. : to move in or pass through the air with wings

  2. : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space

  3. : to float, wave, or soar in the air

  1. : the action or process of flying : flight

  2. : a device consisting of two or more radial vanes capable of rotating on a spindle to act as a fan or to govern the speed of clockwork or very light machinery

  3. : flywheel

  1. : to hit a fly in baseball

  1. : a winged insect

  2. : any of a large order (Diptera) of winged or rarely wingless insects (such as the housefly, mosquito, or gnat) that have the anterior wings functional, the posterior wings reduced to halteres, and segmented often headless, eyeless, and legless larvae — compare maggot

  3. : a large stout-bodied fly

  1. : keen, artful


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