drop like flies


: to become ill or die over a short period of time and in large numbers
Horses and cattle dropped like flies during the drought.
The heat was so intense that people were dropping like flies.
often used figuratively
Candidates were dropping like flies during the early part of the campaign.

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Recent Examples on the Web At the beginning, opponents drop like flies. Shannon Liao, CNN, 1 Oct. 2020

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“Drop like flies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20like%20flies. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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