dead lift


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Standing compound exercises—such as the dead lift, lunge, squat, standing cable row, and battle rope waves and slams—engage the core, leg, and foot muscles for stability and balance, in addition to whatever their primary focus is, says Bracko. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 24 Apr. 2015 Push-ups, sit-ups, and a 2-mile run were considered not holistic enough to meet the new requirements of war, so a six-exercise test was devised that incorporates exercises including a plank, dead lift, and sprint-drag-carry. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 22 Mar. 2021 There are two main exercises to use in conjunction with the hex bar: the dead lift and the shrug. Anthony Marcusa,, 22 Mar. 2021 His personal bests are impressive — 300 on power clean, 335 on bench, 500 on squat, 525 on dead lift. Joseph Halm,, 7 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dead lift was in 1963

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Cite this Entry

“Dead lift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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