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drop like flies (third-person singular simple present drops like flies, present participle dropping like flies, simple past and past participle dropped like flies)

  1. (simile, of members of a group, especially soldiers) Die en masse, one after the other.
    • 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1986 film)
      Seymour: Audrey, quick! We've got to do an emergency [flower] arrangement.
      Mr. Mushnik: The Shivas are our most important funereal account. A big, enormous family, they're dropping off like flies!

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