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Figurative language using death or dead


I was reflecting the other day of figures of speech phrases that include the words death or dead that are used commonly and came up with this list.

You’ll be the death of me

Drop dead

Over my dead body

Sick to death

Better off dead

Back from the dead

Chivalry is not dead

Dead in the water

Dead giveaway

A fate worse than death

Until death do us part

Scared to death

Matter of life and death

Kiss of death

At death’s door

Bleed to death

Brush with death

Catch one’s death of cold

Death knell

Death spiral

Give me liberty or death

You look like death warmed up


Can you think of anymore?

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