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[deep-siks] /ˈdipˈsɪks/
verb (used with object), Slang.
to throw overboard.
to get rid of; abandon; discard.
to reject, negate, or ruin:
The team deep-sixed the manager's attempt to call Sunday practice.
Origin of deep-six
1950-55; v. use of deep six Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for deep sixing


(transitive) (US, slang) to dispose of (something, such as documents) completely; destroy
Word Origin
C20: from six feet deep, the traditional depth for a grave
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deep-six definition

To dispose of, discard, or get rid of: “The board of directors deep-sixed the proposal without even reading it.” This phrase is derived from the noun “deep six,” meaning burial at sea and referring to the depth of water necessary for such a burial. The term was later used as slang for a grave (customarily six feet underground) and, by extension, as a verb meaning “to kill.”

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