To lick the dust

to be slain; to fall in battle.

See also: Lick

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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." This is the court style, and I found it to be more than matter of form: for, upon my admittance two days after my arrival, I was commanded to crawl upon my belly, and lick the floor as I advanced; but, on account of my being a stranger, care was taken to have it made so clean, that the dust was not offensive.
He said, Moodi the terrorist has taken a wrong decision at the wrong time and will have to face its consequences and will have to lick the dust as well.
'Terrorists and miscreants should know that they will have to lick the dust all the time.'
About a month back too, Modi had to lick the dust when he attempted to score political points with claims of killing 300 terrorists by a successful surgical strike inside Pakistan only serving to internationalise the Kashmir dispute in the process.
Pakistan can be made to lick the dust with the help of sustained and focused diplomacy if it continues to sponsor terrorism.
the Dogra Army to lick the dust and subsequently paving the way for liberation of five thousand square miles area now known as Azad Kashmir and 28, 000 square miles area of Gilgit and Baltistan.
Justice (Retd.) 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.
The neighbouring country had not only committed aggression against Pakistan but also had to lick the dust.
Representatives of ruling government are hurling allegations against Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz said, adding elements who used to make accusations against him in the past have to lick the dust after clarifications of Chinese government regarding transparency in different projects.