Down with the dust

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Down with the dust deposit the cash; pay down the money.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Down with the dust pay down the money, originally with reference to gold-dust
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dúst; cf. Ger. dunst, vapour, Dut. duist, meal-dust.

Usage

In literature:

Then, he dusted off a chair with the tail of his coat, and I sat down.
"Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends" by Fanny Fern
George Chalmers first exultingly took down these patriarchal newspapers, covered with the dust of two centuries.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Tears sprang to his eyes and ran down his cheeks, as he fell forward on the path with his face in the dust.
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
But as the dust poured down the flame sank with it.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Fastburg must come down with the dust.
"Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
How well he recalled the shape of that little hiding-place, with its dust and cobwebs, and the colourless strands of ivy hanging down!
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
No more replications or rejoinders, sir, down with the dust.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The ingots we thus cast had to be filed and the rough projections taken off, the dust and scraps being remelted down with the other portion.
"The Golden Magnet" by George Manville Fenn
The next day, as we were walking along, Vitalis stooped down and picked up a piece of wood covered with dust.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
The field sloping down to the water was powdered with silver dust.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
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In poetry:

But dust upon the cradle lies,
And those who prized the baby so,
And laid her down to rest with sighs,
Were turned to dust long years ago.
"The Cradle Tomb In Westminster Abbey" by Susan Coolidge
My soul lies humbled in the dust,
And owns thy dreadful sentence just:
Look down, O Lord, with pitying eye,
And save the soul condemned to die.
"Psalm 51 part 3" by Isaac Watts
They can't redeem one hour from death,
With all the wealth in which they trust;
Nor give a dying brother breath,
When God commands him down to dust.
"Psalm 49" by Isaac Watts
SECOND PROPHET.
Down with her, Lord, to lick the dust,
Ere yonder setting sun; Serve her as she hath served the just!
'Tis fixed -- it shall be done.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
CHORUS OF ISRAELITES.
Down with them, Lord, to lick the dust; Thy vengeance be begun:
Serve them as they have serv'd the just,
And let thy will be done.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
So she follows from land to land
The wizard's beckoning hand,
As a leaf is blown by the gust,
Till she vanishes into night.
O reader, stoop down and write
With thy finger in the dust.
"Helen Of Tyre" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

At the Accompanied Literary Society's Halloween night masquerade party, Mary-Kate Olsen looked like an ethereal fairy in a long white down with dusted-on silver eye make-up.
Danny Johnson, a member of the support crew with Honc Deconstruction, sprays water to keep dust down as Pippin 's - a landmark restaurant in Naples for nearly 30 years - is demolished Monday to make way for a dental offices.
The line for the NCAA's boundary went from slightly gray to full on coal dust with its latest handing down of punishment against Penn State on Monday.
Fun for Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips means collaboration, and a recent dust-up with Erykah Badu after they worked together isn't slowing him down.
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In science:

We note that no significant continuum emission is detected from the line-free region (∼650 MHz of bandwidth) down to a 1σ sensitivity of 0.07 mJy beam−1 , consistent with the submm limit, assuming a dust spectral index, ν+3.5 , for a modified blackbody with emissivity, β = +1.5.
Interferometric CO Observations of submillimeter-faint, radio-selected starburst galaxies at z~2
To remedy this, YE05 also used the dust opacities calculated by Pollack et al. (1994) for dust grains with a radius of 0.1 µm at a temperature of 10 K, which give κabs and κscat separately and extend down to 0.091 µm.
Evolutionary Signatures in the Formation of Low-Mass Protostars. II. Towards Reconciling Models and Observations
Less sensitive to this problem, but still effective at characterizing dust emission down to temperatures of ∼<15 K, are observations obtained with the ISO satellite, which covered the FIR wavelength range up to ∼240 µm.
The Dust Content and Opacity of Actively Star-Forming Galaxies
The small numbers do not allow to pin down the abundance ratio of silicate dust from the two possible sources with any reliability, but as a working hypothesis we assume an abundance ratio of 3%.
Evolution of interstellar dust and stardust in the solar neighbourhood
As described above, the IR–based SFR calibrations break down severely in faint galaxies with low dust contents, yet the radio–IR correlation remains tight and nearly linear over the entire luminosity range.
Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies
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