join the choir invisible

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From a poem by George Eliot, O May I Join the Choir Invisible.


join the choir invisible (third-person singular simple present joins the choir invisible, present participle joining the choir invisible, simple past and past participle joined the choir invisible)

  1. (intransitive, chiefly humorous) To die.
    • 2005, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 30:
      Made me wonder whether I should invest in a portable MRI unit to monitor birds about to join the choir invisible for any signs of brain activity.