To lick the dust

to be slain; to fall in battle.

See also: Lick

References in classic literature ?
A messenger was despatched half a day's journey before us, to give the king notice of my approach, and to desire, "that his majesty would please to appoint a day and hour, when it would by his gracious pleasure that I might have the honour to lick the dust before his footstool.
ordered CDA, ICT and RDA to submit detailed report about these housing societies which fraudulently taken money from public and left them to lick the dust in streets.