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the way of all flesh

  1. (euphemistic) The inevitable road to death; mortality.
    • 1998, Maureen Dowd, "Liberties; Prime Time Dead," New York Times, 5 July:
      Taking a page from Court TV, some enterprising soul will start Death TV. If there are stations devoted to food, sex and weather, why not one to the way of all flesh?
    • 2004, Elana Gomel, "Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the (Un)Death of the Author," Narrative, vol. 12, no. 1, p. 84:
      He abhors his decaying portrait, which pitilessly shows him the way of all flesh.

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