What does 'Death of a thousand cuts' mean?
Meaning: If something is suffering the death of a thousand cuts, or death by a thousand cuts, lots of small bad things are happening, none of which are fatal in themselves, but which add up to a slow and painful demise.
Contributor: Richard Flynn
Country: International English | Subject Area: Death | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
- Done to death
- Brush with death
- Dice with death
- At death's door
- Death warmed up
- Cheat death
- Kiss of death
- Sick to death
- Matter of life and death
- Fate worse than death
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