die out

die out
1. Lit. [for a species or family] to perish totally because of the failure to produce offspring. •

I am the last one in the family, so I guess our line will die out with me.

The owls might die out if you ruin their nesting area.

2. Fig. [for an idea, practice, style, etc.] to fade away through time. •

That way of doing things died out a long time ago.

It died out like the horse and buggy.

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{v.} To die or disappear slowly until all gone. * /This kind of bird is dying out./ * /If you pour salt water on grass, it dies out./ * /The American colonists started colleges so that learning would not die out./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • die out — {v.} To die or disappear slowly until all gone. * /This kind of bird is dying out./ * /If you pour salt water on grass, it dies out./ * /The American colonists started colleges so that learning would not die out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • die out — index expire, perish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • die out — verb 1. become extinct (Freq. 2) Dinosaurs died out • Syn: ↑die off • Hypernyms: ↑disappear, ↑vanish, ↑go away • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • die out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms die out : present tense I/you/we/they die out he/she/it dies out present participle dying out past tense died out past participle died out to become weaker or less common and then disappear completely The… …   English dictionary

  • die out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If something dies out, it becomes less and less common and eventually disappears completely. [V P] How did the dinosaurs die out?... [V P] We used to believe that capitalism would soon die out. 2) PHRASAL VERB If something such as …   English dictionary

  • die\ out — v To die or disappear slowly until all gone. This kind of bird is dying out. If you pour salt water on grass, it dies out. The American colonists started colleges so that learning would not die out …   Словарь американских идиом

  • die out — phr verb Die out is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑custom, ↑shower, ↑species …   Collocations dictionary

  • die out — die or disappear slowly until all gone Dinosaurs died out millions of years ago …   Idioms and examples

  • die out — Synonyms and related words: be annihilated, be consumed, be destroyed, be gone, be no more, be wiped out, become extinct, burn out, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, dematerialize, depart, die, die away, disappear, dispel, disperse, dissipate,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • die out — verb To become extinct The dinosaurs died out a long time ago …   Wiktionary

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