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    Is the meaning same?

    What is the meaning of 'He is dying on me'?

    Is it same as 'He is dying infront of me'?

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    Re: Is the meaning same?

    It's quite likely that it doesn't refer to death, but that the person is performing badly, disappointing the speaker or they are having problems connecting.

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    Re: Is the meaning same?

    I didn't get you. Actually, yesterday I watched a movie in which an actress takes drug overdose and eventually, gets blood from her nose. She becomes serious. The actor, who was beside her,calls up his friend and says, " She is dying one me, man'

    Could you please help me understand the above quote and how far is it in terms of meaning from the sentence 'she is dying infront of me'.

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    Re: Is the meaning same?

    "She is dying in front of me" describes her location relative to you. "In front of" is literal.

    "She is dying on me" is an idiom that means something like "she is dying as watch (while I am with her)" or even "she is dying while I'm responsible for her". "On" is figurative.

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    I think Tdol wanted to point out that "to die" often has a figurative meaning "to collapse" or "to do very badly", "to do very badly during your performance (presentation, sports match, etc.)", but clearly not in the movie dialogue.
    Last edited by abaka; 16-Jan-2009 at 03:25.

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