Definition of (as) dead as a doornail
- The old captain was dead as a doornail.
- The negotiations are as dead as a doornail.
- The deal is dead as a doornail.
: deprived of life : no longer alive
: having the appearance of death : deathly
: lacking power to move, feel, or respond : numb
: someone who is no longer alive : one that is dead (see 1dead 1)
: the state of being dead
: the time of greatest quiet
: absolutely, utterly
: suddenly and completely
: a large-headed nail
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