(as) dead as a doornail

Definition of (as) dead as a doornail

chiefly US, informal

  1. —used to stress that someone or something is dead The old captain was dead as a doornail. ; often used figuratively The negotiations are as dead as a doornail. The deal is dead as a doornail.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  deprived of life :  no longer alive

    :  having the appearance of death :  deathly

    :  lacking power to move, feel, or respond :  numb

  1. :  someone who is no longer alive :  one that is dead (see 1dead 1)

    :  the state of being dead

    :  the time of greatest quiet

  1. :  absolutely, utterly

    :  suddenly and completely

    :  directly

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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