morrer na praia

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Literally: to die on the beach, alluding to a castaway swimming to land.



morrer na praia (first-person singular present indicative morro na praia, short past participle morto na praia, long past participle morrido na praia)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see morrer,‎ na,‎ praia.
  2. (idiomatic) To fail after trying hard and almost succeeding.
    • 1999 January, “Vamos a la playa”, in Placar[1], Abril, page 68:
      Eliminada pelo Cruzeiro, a Portuguesa de novo morreu na praia
      Eliminated by Cruzeiro, Portuguesa died on the beach again.