die like flies

Definition of die like flies

informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to pass from physical life :  expire

    :  to pass out of existence :  cease

    :  sink, languish

  1. :  dado

    :  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

    :  the larger of a pair of cutting or shaping tools that when moved toward each other produce a desired form in or impress a desired device on an object by pressure or by a blow

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

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

    :  to float, wave, or soar in the air

  1. :  the action or process of flying :  flight

    :  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

    :  flywheel

  1. :  to hit a fly in baseball

  1. :  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

    :  a large stout-bodied fly

    :  a fishhook dressed (as with feathers or tinsel) to suggest an insect

  1. :  keen, artful


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