drop dead

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drop dead (third-person singular simple present drops dead, present participle dropping dead, simple past and past participle dropped dead)

  1. (intransitive) To die suddenly.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To be appalled or mortified.
    • 1965, James Holledge, What Makes a Call Girl?, London: Horwitz Publications, page 90:
      `My parents would drop dead if they knew,' she said.



drop dead

  1. Used angrily to express disgust, contempt, derision, etc., toward another person.
    • 1997, Peter Mehlman, David Mandel, “The Betrayal”, in Seinfeld, season 9, episode 8, spoken by Franklin Delano Romanowski (Michael McShane):
      [to Kramer] Are you dense? I said I wanted you to drop dead. Now... drop dead! [slams the door in Kramer's face]



drop dead (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of drop-dead
    • 1992, Gigi Moers, How and Why Lovers Cheat: And What You Can Do about It, page 96:
      Let's suppose your personality was only a manifestation of the id and you saw a drop dead gorgeous man that really tripped your trigger. Spurred on by your id, you would run up to him and immediately engage him in a sexual encounter.