dead giveaway


: something that shows (the truth about something) clearly
The camera is a dead giveaway that you're a tourist.

Examples of dead giveaway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, that’s very cynical, but there’s a dead giveaway that gives away almost the exact vintage of these compositions: the lyrics. Chris Willman, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 When sniffing out a revenant, lack of decomposition was, literally, a dead giveaway. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 If Bigham had already sensed the referee’s inexperience, the shoulder tap was a dead giveaway: MMA referees signal the end of a fight by physical intervention, often using their body as a shield or using brute force to pry off the winning fighter. Zoë Bernard, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2023 This can be a dead giveaway for a submarine trying to sneak around in the presence of enemy warships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2023 Thick layers of smog are a dead giveaway that outdoor air pollution is looming over busy cities, but indoor air pollution isn’t as easy to see. Lacey Muinos, Verywell Health, 14 Apr. 2023 She’s started to notice, for example, that nail polish can be a dead giveaway for photos taken on the same day, even when an influencer is posting different outfits on different days. ELLE, 6 Feb. 2023 Born as Suzannah Elizabeth Powell in Nashville (the signature Tennessee drawl is a dead giveaway), Boyfriend grew up in the Church of Christ, and attended Christian schools as a kid. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 10 Apr. 2023 Look for Dimples in Trim Like drywall fasteners, finish nails in trim are often a dead giveaway for a stud's location. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Dead giveaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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