dust: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (dust), [key]
- earth or other matter in fine, dry particles.
- a cloud of finely powdered earth or other matter in the air.
- any finely powdered substance, as sawdust.
- the ground; the earth's surface.
- the substance to which something, as the dead human body, is ultimately reduced by disintegration or decay; earthly remains.
- ashes, refuse, etc.
- junk1 (def. 1).
- a low or humble condition.
- anything worthless.
- disturbance; turmoil.
- the mortal body of a human being.
- a single particle or grain.
- money; cash.
- Another manufacturer has bitten the dust.
- to be killed, esp. in battle; die.
- to suffer defeat; be unsuccessful; fail:Another manufacturer has bitten the dust.
- to overtake and surpass a competitor or one who is less ambitious, qualified, etc.: Don't be so meek, they'll leave you in the dust.
- He will resign rather than lick the dust.
- to be killed; die.
- to humble oneself abjectly; grovel:He will resign rather than lick the dust.
- to execute with vigor or speed: We turned them loose on the work, and they made the dust fly.
- to depart in anger or disdain; leave decisively or in haste, esp. from an unpleasant situation: As the country moved toward totalitarianism, many of the intelligentsia shook the dust from their feet.
- to mislead; deceive: He threw dust in our eyes by pretending to be a jeweler and then disappeared with the diamonds.
- to wipe the dust from: to dust a table.
- to sprinkle with a powder or dust: to dust rosebushes with an insecticide.
- to strew or sprinkle (a powder, dust, or other fine particles): to dust insecticide on a rosebush.
- to soil with dust; make dusty.
- to wipe dust from furniture, woodwork, etc.
- to become dusty.
- to apply dust or powder to a plant, one's body, etc.: to dust with an insecticide in late spring.
- I'm going to dust off my accounting skills and try to get a job in the finance department.
- Baseball.(of a pitcher) to throw the ball purposely at or dangerously close to (the batter).
- to take out or prepare for use again, as after a period of inactivity or storage:I'm going to dust off my accounting skills and try to get a job in the finance department.
- to beat up badly:The gang of hoodlums dusted off a cop.
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