dust Idioms & Phrases


angel dust

  • noun a drug used as an anesthetic by veterinarians; illicitly taken (originally in the form of powder or `dust') for its effects as a hallucinogen
    phencyclidine; PCP; phencyclidine hydrochloride.
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Bone dust

  • ground or pulverized bones, used as a fertilizer.
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Brick dust

  • dust of pounded or broken bricks.
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chalk dust

  • noun dust resulting from writing with a piece of chalk
    • chalk dust covered the teacher's hands
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copple dust

Cop"ple dust`

Definitions
  1. Cupel dust. Obs.
    Powder of steel, or copple dust. Bacon.
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cosmic dust

  • noun clouds of particles or gases occurring throughout interstellar space
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crop-dusting

  • noun the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)
    spraying.
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Cupel dust

  • powder used in purifying metals.
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diamond dust

  • noun small crystals of ice
    frost snow; ice needle; frost mist; ice crystal; poudrin; snow mist.
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Down with the dust

  • deposit the cash; pay down the money. Slang "My lord, quoth the king, presently deposit your hundred pounds in gold, or else no going hence all the days of your life. . . . The Abbot down with his dust, and glad he escaped so, returned to Reading." Fuller.
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dust bag

  • noun a bag into which dirt is sucked by a vacuum cleaner
    vacuum bag.
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dust bowl

  • noun a region subject to dust storms; especially the central region of United States subject to dust storms in the 1930s
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Dust brand

  • (Bot.), a fungous plant (Ustilago Carbo); called also smut.
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dust cloud

  • noun a cloud of dust suspended in the air
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dust coat

  • noun a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles
    gabardine; smock; gaberdine; duster.
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dust contamination

  • noun state of being contaminated with dust
  • noun the act of contaminating with dust particles
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dust cover

  • noun a paper jacket for a book; a jacket on which promotional information is usually printed
    dust jacket; dust cover; book jacket.
  • noun a large piece of cloth used to cover furniture that is not in use for a long period
    dust cover.
  • noun a removable plastic protective covering for a piece of equipment
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dust devil

  • noun a miniature whirlwind strong enough to whip dust and leaves and litter into the air
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dust jacket

  • noun a paper jacket for a book; a jacket on which promotional information is usually printed
    dust jacket; dust cover; book jacket.
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dust mop

  • noun a dry swab for dusting floors
    dustmop; dry mop.
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dust sheet

  • noun a large piece of cloth used to cover furniture that is not in use for a long period
    dust cover.
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dust storm

  • noun a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand
    sandstorm; sirocco; duster.
    • it was the kind of duster not experienced in years
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dust wrapper

  • noun a paper jacket for a book; a jacket on which promotional information is usually printed
    dust jacket; dust cover; book jacket.
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dust-covered

  • adjective satellite covered with a layer of dust
    dusty.
    • a dusty pile of books
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dust-point

Dust"-point` noun

Definitions
  1. An old rural game.
    With any boy at dust-point they shall play. Peacham (1620).
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dusting powder

  • noun a fine powder for spreading on the body (as after bathing)
    toilet powder; bath powder.
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Dutch gold, Fool's gold, Gold dust

  • etc. See under Dutch, Dust, etc.
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Fig dust

  • a preparation of fine oatmeal for feeding caged birds.
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Fonder's dust

  • . Same as Facing, 4.
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Gold dust

  • noun the particles and flakes (and sometimes small nuggets) of gold obtained in placer mining
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  • fine particles of gold, such as are obtained in placer mining; often used as money, being transferred by weight.
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hell dust

  • noun street names for heroin
    skag; nose drops; thunder; big H; smack; scag.
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In dust and ashes

  • . See under Ashes.
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In dust and ashes, In sackcloth and ashes

  • with humble expression of grief or repentance; from the method of mourning in Eastern lands.
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interplanetary dust

  • noun microscopic particles in the interplanetary medium
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Malt dust

  • fine particles of malt, or of the grain used in making malt; -used as a fertilizer. " Malt dust consists chiefly of the infant radicle separated from the grain." Sir H. Davy.
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radioactive dust

  • noun the radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion
    fallout.
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Rag dust

  • fine particles of ground-up rags, used in making papier-maché and wall papers.
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raise, ∨ kick up, dust

  • to make a commotion. Colloq.
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To beat the dust

  • . (Man.) (a) To take in too little ground with the fore legs, as a horse. (b) To perform curvets too precipitately or too low.
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To bite the dust

  • . See under Bite, v. t.
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To bite the dust, To bite the ground

  • to fall in the agonies of death; as, he made his enemy bite the dust.
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To dust one's jacket

  • to give one a beating. Colloq.
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To dyst one's jacket

  • to give one a flogging. Slang.
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To lick the dust

  • to be slain; to fall in battle. "His enemies shall lick the dust." Ps. lxxii. 9.
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To throw dust in one's eyes

  • to mislead; to deceive. Colloq.
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