dead meat


: one that is doomed
he's dead meat if they catch him

Example Sentences

If they find out what you did, you're dead meat!
Recent Examples on the Web Without vultures, this pileup of unconsumed dead meat creates the ideal breeding ground for deadly contagions, most commonly rabies. William H. Funk, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2016 The bald heads prevent dead meat and other foods from sticking to their noggins. René A. Guzman,, 22 Sep. 2020 Vultures like their dead meat fresh, usually a day old or less. René A. Guzman,, 22 Sep. 2020 May 24 commentary Jennifer Rubin, as a journalist, jumped like a vulture on dead meat on the Donald Trump/Nancy Pelosi meeting. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 3 June 2019 Hard to fault New England for pocketing such a valuable draft pick given how messy Garoppolo's situation could have gotten in a few months, but the Pats are almost surely dead meat minus Brady now. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dead meat was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Dead meat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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