- 1[countable] the fact of someone dying or being killed a sudden/violent/peaceful, etc. death the anniversary of his wife's death an increase in deaths from cancer He died a slow and painful death.
- 2 [uncountable] the end of life; the state of being dead The victim bled to death before the ambulance arrived (= he died as a result of bleeding). He's drinking himself to death (= so that it will kill him). Police are trying to establish the cause of death. Do you believe in life after death? a death camp (= a place where prisoners are killed, usually in a war) He was sentenced to death (= to be executed ).
- 3[uncountable] death of something the permanent end or destruction of something the death of all my plans the death of fascism
- 4Death [uncountable] (literary) the power that destroys life, imagined as human in form Death is often shown in paintings as a human skeleton. Death marched in and took him away. see also sudden death Idioms
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so sick that you may die I suppose you won't be coming to the party if you're at death's door!
at death's door (often humorous)jump to other results
to worry or upset someone very much Those kids will be the death of me.
be the death of somebody (informal)jump to other results
to catch a very bad cold
catch your death (of cold) (old-fashioned) (informal)jump to other results
(often used in newspapers) to survive in a situation where you could have died
cheat deathjump to other results
to do or perform something so often that people become tired of seeing or hearing it That joke's been done to death.
do something to deathjump to other results
a terrible thing that could happen At the last minute the hero saves her from a fate worse than death.
a fate worse than death (often humorous)jump to other results
to fight until one of the two people or groups is dead, or until one person or group defeats the other
fight to the death/finishjump to other results
an event that seems good, but is certain to make something else fail
the kiss of death (informal) (especially humorous)jump to other results
the possibility or belief that people continue to exist in some form after they die Do you believe in life after death?
life after deathjump to other results
to look or feel very sick or tired
look/feel like death warmed over (informal)jump to other results
used to describe a situation that is very important or serious
a matter of life and deathjump to other results
to kill someone as a punishment synonym execute The prisoner will be put to death at dawn.
put somebody to deathjump to other results
to frighten someone very much Spiders scare him to death.
scare/frighten somebody to deathjump to other results
extremely; very much to be bored to death I'm sick to death of your endless criticism.
to deathjump to other results
until someone is dead a fight to the death
to the deathjump to other results