earth or other matter in fine, dry particles.
a cloud of finely powdered earth or other matter in the air.
any finely powdered substance, as sawdust.
the ground; the earth’s surface.
the substance to which something, as the dead human body, is ultimately reduced by disintegration or decay; earthly remains.
a low or humble condition.
the mortal body of a human being.
a single particle or grain.
Archaic. money; cash.
verb (used with object)
to wipe the dust from:
to dust a table.
to sprinkle with a powder or dust:
to dust rosebushes with an insecticide.
to strew or sprinkle (a powder, dust, or other fine particles):
to dust insecticide on a rosebush.
to soil with dust; make .
verb (used without object)
to wipe dust from furniture, woodwork, etc.
to become .
to apply dust or powder to a plant, one’s body, etc.:
to dust with an insecticide in late spring.
bite the dust,
leave one in the dust, to overtake and surpass a competitor or one who is less ambitious, qualified, etc.:
Don’t be so meek, they’ll leave you in the dust.
lick the dust,
make the dust fly, to execute with vigor or speed:
We turned them loose on the work, and they made the dust fly.
shake the dust from one’s feet, to depart in anger or disdain; leave decisively or in haste, especially from an unpleasant situation:
As the country moved toward totalitarianism, many of the intelligentsia shook the dust from their feet.
throw dust in someone’s eyes, to mislead; deceive:
He threw dust in our eyes by pretending to be a jeweler and then disappeared with the diamonds.
dry fine powdery material, such as particles of dirt, earth or pollen
a cloud of such fine particles
the powdery particles to which something is thought to be reduced by death, decay, or disintegration
the earth; ground
(informal) a disturbance; fuss (esp in the phrases kick up a dust, raise a dust)
something of little or no worth
(informal) (in mining parlance) silicosis or any similar respiratory disease
short for gold dust
ashes or household refuse
bite the dust
dust and ashes, something that is very disappointing
leave someone or something in the dust, to outdo someone or something comprehensively or with ease: leaving their competitors in the dust
shake the dust off one’s feet, to depart angrily or contemptuously
throw dust in the eyes of, to confuse or mislead
(transitive) to sprinkle or cover (something) with (dust or some other powdery substance): to dust a cake with sugar, to dust sugar onto a cake
to remove dust by wiping, sweeping, or brushing
(archaic) to make or become dirty with dust
Old English dust, from Proto-Germanic *dunstaz (cf. Old High German tunst “storm, breath,” German Dunst “mist, vapor,” Danish dyst “milldust,” Dutch duist), from PIE *dheu- (1) “dust, smoke, vapor” (cf. Sanskrit dhu- “shake,” Latin fumus “smoke”). Meaning “that to which living matter decays” was in Old English, hence, figuratively, “mortal life.”
c.1200, “to rise as dust;” later “to sprinkle with dust” (1590s) and “to rid of dust” (1560s); from dust (n.). Related: Dusted; dusting. Sense of “to kill” is U.S. slang first recorded 1938 (cf. bite the dust under bite (v.)).
Narcotics in powder form (1960s+ Narcotics)
angel dust, eat someone’s dust, happy-dust, heaven dust
Storms of sand and dust sometimes overtake Eastern travellers. They are very dreadful, many perishing under them. Jehovah threatens to bring on the land of Israel, as a punishment for forsaking him, a rain of “powder and dust” (Deut. 28:24). To cast dust on the head was a sign of mourning (Josh. 7:6); and to sit in dust, of extreme affliction (Isa. 47:1). “Dust” is used to denote the grave (Job 7:21). “To shake off the dust from one’s feet” against another is to renounce all future intercourse with him (Matt. 10:14; Acts 13:51). To “lick the dust” is a sign of abject submission (Ps. 72:9); and to throw dust at one is a sign of abhorrence (2 Sam. 16:13; comp. Acts 22:23).
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[duhs-ter] /ˈdʌs tər/ noun 1. a person or thing that removes or applies . 2. a cloth, brush, etc., for removing . 3. a lightweight housecoat. 4. an apparatus or device for sprinkling , powder, insecticide, or the like, especially on plants. 5. a person employed in spreading insecticidal or the like on crops from […]
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