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"The coke will die out before he's gone half a mile," said Engle.

Like some other philosophical paradoxes, it would have been better left to die out.

Unfortunately that scandal of the Eastern seas would not die out.

It was uncanny, this clinging to life; a race should be content to die out.

And, as he watched her, the life seemed to die out of his face as well as his eyes.

It did not die out, however, until towards the end of the century.

However, I suppose the feeling against Brander will die out in time.

It is more likely to cause other evil measures, in order that it may not die out.

As that was not effected, the next best, policy is to let them die out.

Karl had no hope from home, at least until the anger of the old man should die out.


mid-12c., possibly from Old Danish døja or Old Norse deyja "to die, pass away," both from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan (cf. Old Frisian deja "to kill," Old Saxon doian, Old High German touwen, Gothic diwans "mortal"), from PIE root *dheu- (3) "to pass away, become senseless" (cf. Old Irish dith "end, death," Old Church Slavonic daviti, Russian davit' "to choke, suffer").

It has been speculated that Old English had *diegan, from the same source, but it is not in any of the surviving texts and the preferred words were steorfan (see starve), sweltan (see swelter), wesan dead, also forðgan and other euphemisms.

Languages usually don't borrow words from abroad for central life experiences, but "die" words are an exception, because they are often hidden or changed euphemistically out of superstitious dread. A Dutch euphemism translates as "to give the pipe to Maarten." Regularly spelled dege through 15c., and still pronounced "dee" by some in Lancashire and Scotland. Used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) from 1580s. Related: Died; dies.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.