bite the dust

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bite the dust (third-person singular simple present bites the dust, present participle biting the dust, simple past bit the dust, past participle bitten the dust)

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) To die.
  2. (idiomatic) To quit, or fail.
    • 1979, The Clash (music), “London Calling”:
      London calling, now don't look to us / Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust
    My old backpack finally bit the dust the other day.

"The boxer took a blow and bit the dust. It was a total K.O."