drop like flies

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of drop like flies

informal
: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.

Word by Word Definitions

drop play
  1. : the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass

  2. : a dose of medicine measured by drops

  3. : a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. : to fall in drops

  2. : to fall (see 1fall 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly

  3. : to descend (see descend 1) from one line or level to another

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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