American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Slang To toss overboard.
- v. Slang To toss out; get rid of: deep-sixed the incriminating papers.
- v. US (idiomatic) to throw something overboard from a ship
- v. US (idiomatic) to get rid of something unwanted
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to discard in a deep body of water; -- also used figuratively, to discard contemptuously.
- v. to throw from a boat into the water.
- v. toss out; get rid of
- v. throw from a boat
- From deep + six. Maybe: depth of a grave (six feet). (Wiktionary)
“Don't use oil spill as excuse to deep-six domestic drilling”
“It was no better on my mother's side, where her Uncle Aloysius turned out to be the editor who told James Joyce to deep-six the title "The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and rename it "The Lads From the Liffey Were Feeling Quite Squiffy," because, as he put it, "C'mon, Jimbo: 'Portrait of the Artist' sounds like you're a Limey.”
“When motivation flags, bailing out doesn't just deep-six the goal, it deprives you of what you really need, the gratification of having moved forward.”
“The Beltway RNC crowd, including those who pushed the McCain-Palin candidacy in 2008, are now going to jump onto the Rick Perry bandwagon and deep-six the first of the true business candidates—Mitt Romney.”
“In stump speeches and interviews, Ms. Bachmann said her tax work helped lead her to the conclusion that the U.S. should "deep-six" the tax code and scrap taxes on inheritance and capital gains, stances that have made her a tea-party favorite.”
“Take a deep breath...and burn it in the fireplace, recycle it with this week's trash, or deep-six it in the back of a storage closet.”
“OUR VIEW: Don't use oil spill as excuse to deep-six domestic drilling”
“And so, in a way, she's asking a jury to assume the mantle of Annie Wilkes, the mad fan in Stephen King's "Misery" who punished an author who dared to deep-six her favorite character.”
“Our view on energy: Don't use oil spill as excuse to deep-six domestic drilling - USATODAY. com”
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