dead lift


: a lift in weight lifting in which the weight is lifted from the floor to hip level
deadlift transitive verb

Examples of dead lift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hex-bar dead lifts, jump rope, land mines, crunches, band curls. Ben McGrath, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2023 Hall, who set a world record dead lift in 2016, lifting 500 kg (1,100 lb), is a retired strongman and 2017 winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Competing this summer at 181, Anderson benched 330 on the way to finishing second in the USA Powerlifting Nationals, a competition that also includes squats and dead lifts. Rick Armstrong, Chicago Tribune, 28 Aug. 2023 That produced a standing ovation. 350-pound dead lift for one of the City Section’s top football players, Kory Hall of Cleveland. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 To get the cycle’s wheels moving from a dead stop, riders exert tremendous force on the pedals and handlebars, the equivalent of a massive dead lift, and then hunch their bodies over aero bars and chase each other for an excruciating four kilometers, or about 2.5 miles. Kevin Draper, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2023 The robot could dead lift up 150 lbs. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Howard said she’s been working out with a trainer and could now dead lift 255 pounds. Matt Wake |, al, 30 Sep. 2020 Hurts in particular excelled at the squat and dead lift, the two events that test your legs. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dead lift was in 1963

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“Dead lift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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