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 for In dust and ashes
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ashes \Ash"es\, n. pl. [OE. asche, aske, AS. asce, [ae]sce, axe;
     akin to OHG. asca, G. asche, D. asch, Icel. & Sw. aska, Dan.
     aske, Goth. azgo.]
     1. The earthy or mineral particles of combustible substances
        remaining after combustion, as of wood or coal.
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     2. Specifically: The remains of the human body when burnt, or
        when "returned to dust" by natural decay.
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              Their martyred blood and ashes sow.   --Milton.
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              The coffins were broken open. The ashes were
              scattered to the winds.               --Macaulay.
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     3. The color of ashes; deathlike paleness.
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              The lip of ashes, and the cheek of flame. --Byron.
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     In dust and ashes, In sackcloth and ashes, with humble
        expression of grief or repentance; -- from the method of
        mourning in Eastern lands.
     Volcanic ashes, or Volcanic ash, the loose, earthy
        matter, or small fragments of stone or lava, ejected by
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dust \Dust\ (d[u^]st), n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal
     dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist,
     dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill
     dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [root]71.]
     1. Fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so
        comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the wind;
        that which is crumbled to minute portions; fine powder;
        as, clouds of dust; bone dust.
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              Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
                                                    --Gen. iii.
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              Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust.
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     2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] "To touch
        a dust of England's ground." --Shak.
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     3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead.
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              For now shall sleep in the dust.      --Job vii. 21.
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     4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of
        the human body.
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              And you may carve a shrine about my dust.
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     5. Figuratively, a worthless thing.
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              And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust. --Shak.
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     6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition.
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              [God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust. --1 Sam.
                                                    ii. 8.
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     7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash.
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     Down with the dust, deposit the cash; pay down the money.
        [Slang] "My lord, quoth the king, presently deposit your
        hundred pounds in gold, or else no going hence all the
        days of your life. . . . The Abbot down with his dust, and
        glad he escaped so, returned to Reading." --Fuller.
     Dust+brand+(Bot.),+a+fungous+plant+({Ustilago+Carbo">Dust brand (Bot.), a fungous plant ({Ustilago Carbo); --
        called also smut.
     Gold dust, fine particles of gold, such as are obtained in
        placer mining; -- often used as money, being transferred
        by weight.
     In dust and ashes. See under Ashes.
     To bite the dust. See under Bite, v. t.
     To raise dust, or
     To kick up dust, to make a commotion. [Colloq.]
     To throw dust in one's eyes, to mislead; to deceive.
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