Dutch act n.
(Can./US Und.) suicide; thus do the Dutch act v., to commit suicide.
|Sun (NY) 26 Dec. 5/2: Whimiver anny one wants ter do th’ Dutch act — commit suicide — they just drink carbolic [...] the standard Dutch pisen.|
|(con. 1890s) Autobiog. of a Thief 112: A week later Dal was found dead in his cell, and I believe he did the Dutch act (suicide).|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 444: Both French leave and the Dutch act are out of the question now. I have decided to stay – till I can walk through the gates.|
|Man’s Grim Justice 198: I think I might have done the ‘Dutch act’ (committed suicide) that day.|
|Und. Speaks 35/2: Dutch route, suicide.|
|On Broadway 6 Nov. [synd. col.] Three men attempt the Dutch act for every woman trying it.|
|Vengeance Is Mine in Mike Hammer Coll. (2001) 473: A girl pulled the Dutch act.|
|In For Life 98: Aw, he tried the Dutch Route.|
|Reinhart in Love (1963) 19: Reinhart derived nothing but an urge to escape, by any means less final than the Dutch act.|
|Love Machine (1997) 182: Last month my wife — my ex-wife, we’ve been divorced for five years — did the Dutch act: pills.|
|Kojak New York City 19 Feb. [WNEW-TV] Some woman did a Dutch act at the Shepherd Arms [R].|
|Prison Sl. 105: Dutch Act also Dutch Route Committing suicide in prison.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 92: Albie intended do do the Dutch act that night [...] Albie would have strangled himself.|
in fig. use, to run away, to flee.
|Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 21 May 39/1: ‘All right ’bo [...] Better do the Dutch.’ In a moment the tramp had disappeared.|
|Mt. Sterling Advocate (KY) 7 Dec. 5/4: There are occasions when a father of a grown daughter wishes Romeo would do the Dutch act.|
|Maledicta III:2 157: Dutch act, do a v phr Flee, escape.|
(US prison) to commit suicide.
|Morn. Examiner (Ogden, UT) 9 May 8/1: Life in the penitentiary would kill me in a week or ten days and rather than submit to this, I would take the ‘Durtch route’.|
|My Life in Prison 105: I never thought he’d go th’ Dutch route.|
|Wash. Times (DC) 9 Oct. 14/8: Recalling the days of 1911, when it downpoured for eight days without a break and came near driving all connected with the pastime to the Dutch route.|
|Put on the Spot 197: [He] heard his mob was massacred, and he had that confession hang-over, he took the Dutch route — the CKX — hung himself in his cell by his suspenders.|