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deep-six To destroy, discard, or hide embarrassing or incriminating material; to reject or shelve an unwanted proposal or project; to get rid of anything undesirable. Originally an informal U.S. Navy expression for burial at sea, deep-six referred to the regulation that the water at the burial site had to be at least 600 feet (100 fathoms) deep. Eventually, deep-six referred to throwing anything overboard. Also, since many states require that the dead be buried at least six feet underground, deep-six sometimes referred to any burial. Thus, deep-six usually means to put a rejected object, scheme, matter, etc., in a place where it will receive little, if any, further notice and will be, figuratively, if not literally, buried. Since the Watergate scandal and trial (1971-75), however, deep-six often implies a political cover-up, that which is deep-sixed being not merely undesirable, but politically sensitive and potentially dangerous as well.
To destroy all incriminating documents, [the Watergate conspirators] … planned to deep-six a file in the Potomac. (Jack Anderson, New York Post, August 22, 1973)
file 13 A wastebasket; a figurative place where something will receive no further consideration. This expression enjoyed limited popularity during World War II. It has, for the most part, been replaced in contemporary usage by circular file. The use of “13” probably stems from the negative qualities associated with that number by superstitious people, and its consequent omission in number sequences denoting floors, rooms, restaurant tables, etc. Thus, to put something in file 13 is to put it in a nonexistent place.
|Noun||1.||disposal - the power to use something or someone; "used all the resources at his disposal"|
|2.||disposal - a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)|
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
management, direction - the act of managing something; "he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
conducting - the way of administering a business
line management - administration of the activities contributing directly to an organization's output
organization, organisation - the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business; "he was brought in to supervise the organization of a new department"
running - the act of administering or being in charge of something; "he has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time"
polity - shrewd or crafty management of public affairs; "we was innocent of stratagems and polity"
|3.||disposal - the act or means of getting rid of something|
appointment - (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment; "she allocated part of the trust to her church by appointment"
comb-out - the act of carefully weeding out unwanted things or people; "the department got a good comb-out"
giving - disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return; "the alumni followed a program of annual giving"
abandonment - the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
mine disposal - the disposal of explosive mines
sewage disposal - the disposal of sewage
|4.||disposal - a kitchen appliance for disposing of garbage|
kitchen appliance - a home appliance used in preparing food
sewage disposal → traitement f des eaux usées
refuse disposal (British) garbage disposal (= machine) → broyeur m d'ordures bomb disposal, waste disposal