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Topic: DEATH

Language: Old English
Origin: græf

grave

1 noun
     
grave1 [countable]
1MX the place in the ground where a dead body is buried [↪ tomb]:
At the head of the grave there was a small wooden cross.
2

the grave

literary death:
He took that secret to the grave.
3

somebody would turn in their grave

used to say that someone who is dead would strongly disapprove of something happening now:
The way Bill plays that piece would have Mozart turning in his grave.

➔ dig your own grave

at dig1 (8)

➔ from (the) cradle to (the) grave

at cradle1 (3)

➔ have one foot in the grave

at foot1 (24)

➔ silent as the grave

at silent (3)

➔ a watery grave

at watery (4)
WORD FOCUS: die WORD FOCUS: die
a ceremony for someone who has died: funeral a ceremony at which someone who has died is buried or burned
burial
when someone's body is put into the ground
cremation
when someone's body is burned
hearse
a large car that takes the body to the funeral
coffin
a box in which someone is buried or carried to the funeral
grave
the place where someone is buried
graveyard
/cemetery an area where dead people are buried
undertaker
someone who arranges funerals
the mourners
the people at a funeral
die

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