dead men tell no tales

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of dead men tell no tales

used to say that someone who has been killed cannot reveal secret information

Word by Word Definitions

dead play
  1. : deprived of life : no longer alive

  2. : having the appearance of death : deathly

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

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

  2. : the state of being dead

  3. : the time of greatest quiet

  1. : absolutely, utterly

  2. : suddenly and completely

  3. : directly

men
  1. : plural of man

  1. : menstruation

tell play
  1. : to relate in detail : narrate

  2. : to give utterance to : say

  3. : to make known : divulge, reveal

  1. : an inadvertent behavior or mannerism that betrays a poker player's true thoughts, intentions, or emotions

  1. : hill, mound

tale play tales
  1. : a usually imaginative narrative of an event : story

  2. : an intentionally untrue report : falsehood

  3. : a series of events or facts told or presented : account


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