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    to deep-six something

    If you were, say, a U.S. intelligence analyst sifting through the evidence and finding that some leads went off in a different direction, you might hold back on your conclusions knowing that crossing senior officials who had already pronounced the verdict could be devastating to your career. It would make a lot more sense to just deep-six any contrary evidence.

    What does it mean? I couldn't find any reference in Google. Is the expression common? What are its origins?

    I am guessing it means "to bury under ground six feet deep".
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    Re: to deep-six something

    Apparently it is a nautical term, referring to throwing it overboard and into the water, and not a reference to burying six feet deep. Same idea though. Hide it and make sure it is never found.

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