keel over

phrasal verb

keeled over; keeling over; keels over
: to fall down suddenly
He just keeled over and died from a heart attack.
I almost keeled over with/in laughter.

Examples of keel over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the jaunty pop song playing, an older man going for a morning jog in a scrubby Buenos Aires park, suddenly keels over dead of a heart attack. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 29 Sep. 2023 Abdul Hamid, a day laborer who lives next to the crash site, recalled seeing Waris keeled over vomiting and hearing vigilantes say that Waris was pleading for water. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 Inside the burn, loblolly pine saplings keeled over, their leaves shriveling. Adithi Ramakrishnan, Dallas News, 24 July 2023

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“Keel over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

keel over

: to fall suddenly (as in a faint)

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