To kick up dust
Dust Dust (d[u^]st), n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [root]71.] 1. Fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the wind; that which is crumbled to minute portions; fine powder; as, clouds of dust; bone dust. [1913 Webster]

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. --Gen. iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] ``To touch a dust of England's ground.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead. [1913 Webster]

For now shall sleep in the dust. --Job vii. 21. [1913 Webster]

4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body. [1913 Webster]

And you may carve a shrine about my dust. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

5. Figuratively, a worthless thing. [1913 Webster]

And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition. [1913 Webster]

[God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust. --1 Sam. ii. 8. [1913 Webster]

7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash. [1913 Webster]

{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.

{Dust brand} (Bot.), a fungous plant ({Ustilago Carbo}); -- called also {smut}.

{Gold dust}, fine particles of gold, such as are obtained in placer mining; -- often used as money, being transferred by weight.

{In dust and ashes}. See under {Ashes}.

{To bite the dust}. See under {Bite}, v. t.

{To raise dust}, or

{To kick up dust}, to make a commotion. [Colloq.]

{To throw dust in one's eyes}, to mislead; to deceive. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To bite the dust — Dust Dust (d[u^]st), n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [root]71.] 1. Fine, dry… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kick up — I noun raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground; a first movement in doing a handstand (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑exercise, ↑exercising, ↑physical exercise, ↑physical exertion, ↑workout …   Useful english dictionary

  • kick up a fuss — or[kick up a row] or[raise a row] also[kick up a dust] {v. phr.}, {informal} To make trouble; make a disturbance. * /When the teacher gave the class five more hours of homework, the class kicked up a fuss./ * /When the teacher left the room, two… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kick up a fuss — or[kick up a row] or[raise a row] also[kick up a dust] {v. phr.}, {informal} To make trouble; make a disturbance. * /When the teacher gave the class five more hours of homework, the class kicked up a fuss./ * /When the teacher left the room, two… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kick\ up\ a\ dust — • kick up a fuss • kick up a row • raise a row • kick up a dust v. phr. informal To make trouble; make a disturbance. When the teacher gave the class five more hours of homework, the class kicked up a fuss. When the teacher left the room, two… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • kick\ up\ a\ fuss — • kick up a fuss • kick up a row • raise a row • kick up a dust v. phr. informal To make trouble; make a disturbance. When the teacher gave the class five more hours of homework, the class kicked up a fuss. When the teacher left the room, two… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • kick\ up\ a\ row — • kick up a fuss • kick up a row • raise a row • kick up a dust v. phr. informal To make trouble; make a disturbance. When the teacher gave the class five more hours of homework, the class kicked up a fuss. When the teacher left the room, two… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • kick up — verb Date: 1756 transitive verb 1. to cause to rise upward < clouds of dust kicked up by passing cars > 2. to stir up ; provoke < kick up a fuss > intransitive verb to give evidence of disorder …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kick up — verb a) To raise (dust or dirt) into the air while running or walking or driving. You could tell where he had been by the cloud of dust he had kicked up. b) To show anger (about something). He kicked up about it when they told him the train had… …   Wiktionary

  • Dust — (d[u^]st), n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [root]71.] 1. Fine, dry particles… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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