Shallow grave

Posted by ESC on April 02, 2003

In Reply to: SHALLOW GRAVE posted by Alex on April 02, 2003

: Hello, does anyone know the origins of the expression "shallow grave"? What are its connotations on top of its literal meaning? Can it be used only in the context of murders/potential murders?

: Thank you,
: A

Murderers usually don't have time to dig a six-feet-deep grave. So their victims are found in "shallow graves." That's the only meaning I know.