What does drop like flies mean?

 

Idiom Meaning:

die or collapse

 

Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:

 

Universal Soldier (1992)

Time of Scene: ~01:06:00

Scott: God damn it! The whole fucking platoon’s dropping like flies! What the hell are you staring it? Do you have any idea what it’s like out there? Do you? Well I’m fighting this thing, man. It’s like kick ass, or kiss ass, and I’m busting heads! It’s the only way to win this fucking war. And these shitheads, these yellow-traitoring motherfuckers. They’re everywhere. And I, Sergeant Andrew Scott of the US Army, I’m gonna teach ’em all.

 

The Flash “Lose Yourself” (2018)

Time of Scene: N/A

Iris West-Allen: Ralph, the mission was successful. Caitlin’s okay, and Edwin agreed to stay in The Pipeline.

Barry Allen: Edwin will be safe in there.

Ralph Dibny: Safe? Because DeVoe’s never successfully attacked metas in a maximum security facility before. Oh, wait. He did exactly that.

Barry Allen: Watch it, Ralph.

Ralph Dibny: I have been watching. Watching DeVoe ahead of us at every turn, watching Caitlin get skewered, watching metas drop like flies, one by one, because we can’t save them. And why? Because we won’t make the tough call and end DeVoe when we get the chance.

Barry Allen: Look, I’m not doing this again.

Iris West-Allen: Okay, Ralph, I get where you’re coming from, but that is not the tough call. That is the wrong one.

Ralph Dibny: Oh, Mr. and Mrs. S.T.A.R. Labs agree. I swear if I was running this team.

Barry Allen: But you’re not.

 

 

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