deep six v.
1. (orig. US) to get rid of, to abandon.
|Boy’s Life Apr. 14/4: ‘Throw them overboard!’ roared Mr. Perkins. So, sadly, Muggy gave them the deep six .|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: give it the deep six . . . toss overboard. [Ibid.] deep six . . . bury something.|
|Swinging Syllables n.p.: Deep-six: Dispose of, get rid of.|
|How to Talk Dirty 39: That was the prevailing climate: If it’s dirty, paint it; if it’s broken, ‘deep-six’ it.|
|After Hours 7: This guy use, this guy deep-six.|
|Muscle for the Wing 155: The next day she deep-sixed education and called her old friend Sandy.|
|Guardian Guide 8–14 Jan. 4: The decision to deep-six the village’s name was widely viewed as a slap in the face of the town’s long-term residents.|
2. (orig. US) to ruin, to destroy.
|London Embassy 114: If the British knew the kind of information we had on them in this thing, they’d deep-six every one of us.|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 196: we are going to deep-six you for collaborating with the enemy in time of war.|
|Indep. Rev. 1 Oct. 5: Been on my uppers ever since I was deep-sixed by the bank for speculating with their assets.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 206: Chasing this dopey film is policy [...] Deep Throat is supposed to be deep-sixed.|
3. (US) to kill, to die.
|(con. 1943) Big War 170: Should of let her deep-six herself.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 158: If one has been killed, he has been deep sixed.|
|Lowspeak 48: To deep six – to kill.|
|Fever Kill 133: His business rivals wound up deep-sixed and knife-juked.|
4. (US campus) to expel from a college.
|(con. 1964) Duke of Deception (1990) 235: Only a couple of friends took gas, were deep-sixed from Princeton prematurely and against their wishes.|
5. (US campus) to finish a six-pack of beer.
|Campus Sl. Fall 3: deep six – to put an end to something, particularly to drink up a six-pack of beer.|