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deep six Explained

deep six at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [T] AmE informal to decide not to use something such as a plan//

deep six at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

96 Moby Thesaurus words for "deep six":
abandon, barrow, beehive tomb, bone house, box grave, burial,
burial at sea, burial chamber, burial mound, burying, cast,
cast aside, cast away, cast off, castaway, castoff, catacombs,
cenotaph, charnel house, chuck, cist, cist grave, cortege,
cromlech, crypt, dead march, dice, dirge, discard, discarding,
disposal, dispose of, ditch, dokhma, dolmen, dump, dumping,
eighty-six, eliminate, elimination, funeral, funeral procession,
get quit of, get rid of, get shut of, give away, grave,
house of death, jettison, jilt, junk, junking, last home,
last post, long home, low green tent, low house, mastaba,
mausoleum, monstrance, muffled drum, mummy chamber, narrow house,
ossuarium, ossuary, part with, passage grave, pit, pyramid, refuse,
reject, rejectamenta, rejection, reliquary, removal, remove,
resting place, scrap, scrapping, sepulcher, shaft grave, shrine,
slough, stupa, taps, throw away, throw out, throw over,
throw overboard, throwaway, tomb, tope, toss overboard,
tower of silence, tumulus, vault

deep six at English (WD) Of Explained:



A nautical expression indicating a water depth of 6 fathoms (36 feet) as measured by a sounding line; "deep six" acquired its idiomatic definition from the fact that something thrown overboard at or greater than this depth would be difficult if not impossible to recover. Marks on a sounding line were traditionally placed at 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 fathoms. The "leadsman" called out the depth as he read it off the line. If the depth was at a mark he would call "by the mark" followed by the number, if the depth was between two marks, he would call "by the deep" followed by the estimated number. Six fathoms would therefore be reported as "by the deep six."


Inter: head » en|verb|head=to deep six
  • Inter: idiomati » c To discard, cancel, halt; to completely put an end to something.
    1. : They had put many hundreds of hours into the project before it was deep-sixed by management.

      See also

      * pull the plug

  • eighty-six
  • six feet under