dead on arrival

Definition of dead on arrival

  1. :  having died before getting to a hospital, emergency room, etc. The victim was dead on arrival at the hospital. —often used figuratively Some are saying that any new tax proposal would be dead on arrival.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  deprived of life :  no longer alive

    :  having the appearance of death :  deathly

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

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

    :  the state of being dead

    :  the time of greatest quiet

  1. :  absolutely, utterly

    :  suddenly and completely

    :  directly

  1. :  the act of arriving

    :  the attainment of an end or state

    :  one that has recently arrived

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