Green’s Dictionary of Slang

die v.

1. [early 19C; 1910s+] to fail utterly, to have a difficult time.

2. [1960s+] to collapse with laughter.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

die-devil rasp (n.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a desperate villain, undeterred by any form of opposition.

In phrases

die dog (or shite the licence) (v.) (also die dog or eat the meat-axe/hatchet, ...for them that pats me)

[mid-19C+] (Aus./Irish) to commit oneself unreservedly.

die dungill (v.) [dunghill n.1 ]

[18C] to die in a cowardly manner, repenting or showing any act of contrition on the gallows, where a plucky villain was supposed to display bravado.

die in one’s boots (v.) (also die with one’s boots on)

1. [late 17C–early 19C] to be hanged.

2. [mid-19C–1910s] (US) to die by violence, esp. in a gunfight.

die in one’s shoes (v.)

see under shoe n.

die in the arse (v.)

see under arse n.

die like a dog (in a string) (v.)

[late 17C–early 18C] to be hanged.

die like Jenkin’s hen (v.)

[mid-18C–early 19C] to die unmarried.

die on a fish day (v.) [? hangings taking place on Catholic ‘fish-days’, i.e. Wednesdays and Fridays]

[late 17C–early 18C] to be hanged.

die on it (v.)

[20C+] (Aus.) to break one’s promise, to fail to finish something one has undertaken to do.

die on the vine (v.)

[1940s] (US teen) to lack a social life, to stay in at home.

die the death of a trooper’s horse (v.) [like the horse, the villain dies ‘with his shoes on’]

[late 18C–early 19C] to be hanged.

die with a hard-on (v.) [hard-on n. (1); the victim’s penis becomes erect during a hanging]

[1960s+] (US) to die violently, esp. by hanging.

die with cotton in one’s ears (v.) [proper name Rev. Cotton, the early 19C Newgate ‘ordinary’ or chaplain, ‘an able and indefatigable man’ who would preach a last sermon to the condemned man]

[early 19C] to be hanged.