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dead British & World English

No longer alive

dead English Thesaurus

my parents are dead

bang to rights British & World English

(Of a criminal) with positive proof of guilt

dead on British & World English

Exactly right

dead meat British & World English

Used to suggest someone is in serious trouble

stop dead British & World English

Stop (or cause to stop) suddenly or abruptly

dead air British & World English

A period during which the signal of a television or radio broadcast is unintentionally interrupted, so that no material is transmitted

dead ball British & World English

(In ball games) a ball that has gone out of play or is declared to be out of play

dead bat British & World English

A bat held loosely so that the ball falls to the ground immediately when struck

dead duck British & World English

A person or thing that is defunct or has no chance of success

dead end British & World English

An end of a road or passage from which no exit is possible

dead hand British & World English

An undesirable persisting influence

dead heat British & World English

A situation in which two or more competitors in a race are exactly level

dead leg British & World English

An injury caused by a numbing blow with the knee to a person’s upper leg

dead lift British & World English

A lift made from a standing position, without the use of a bench or other equipment

dead load British & World English

The intrinsic weight of a structure or vehicle, excluding the weight of passengers or goods

dead loss British & World English

A venture or situation which produces no profit

dead man British & World English

A bottle after the contents have been drunk

Dead Sea British & World English

A salt lake or inland sea in the Jordan valley, on the Israel-Jordan border. Its surface is 400 m (1,300 ft) below sea level

dead shot British & World English

An extremely accurate marksman or markswoman

dead time British & World English

Time in which someone or something is inactive or unable to act productively

dead wood British & World English

Parts of a tree or branch which are dead

dead zone British & World English

A place or period in which nothing happens or in which no life exists

drop dead British & World English

Die suddenly and unexpectedly

drop-dead British & World English

Used to emphasize how attractive someone or something is

seek dead British & World English

Used to instruct a retriever to go and look for game that has been shot

brain-dead British & World English

Having suffered brain death

dead centre British & World English

The exact centre of something

dead letter British & World English

A law or treaty which has not been repealed but is ineffectual or defunct in practice

dead march British & World English

A slow, solemn piece of music suitable for a funeral procession

dead-nettle British & World English

A Eurasian and North African plant of the mint family, with leaves that resemble those of a nettle but lack stinging hairs

dead water British & World English

Still water without any current

dead weight British & World English

The weight of an inert person or thing

dead white British & World English

A flat, lustreless white

stone dead British & World English

Completely dead

dead weight New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words; usually one word in economics and shipping senses)

dead language British & World English

A language which is no longer in everyday spoken use, such as Latin

dead reckoning British & World English

The process of calculating one’s position, especially at sea, by estimating the direction and distance travelled rather than by using landmarks or astronomical observations

from the dead British & World English

From a state of death

dead-ball line British & World English

A line behind the goal line, beyond which the ball is out of play

Book of the Dead British & World English

A collection of ancient Egyptian religious and magical texts, selections from which were often written on or placed in tombs

cut someone dead British & World English

Completely ignore someone


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