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    Question “drop like flies”

    What does “drop like flies” mean?

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    Re: “drop like flies”

    It describes a lot of people or animals dying in a short time. Flies only live for a few days, and you often find dead or dying flies on their back on window-sills. Imagine hundreds and hundreds of flies flying around; every few minutes a fly drops to the ground and dies.

    It's usually used in a semi-humorous context, so it would not be appropriate, for example, in a serious news report about a sudden outbreak of a fatal disease.

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