dead set


: firmly determined
The mayor was dead set against [=strongly opposed to] the plan.
She was dead set on [=completely certain about] going to college.

Examples of dead set in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last week, Biden’s legal team argued that intense political pressure from Trump and Republicans dead set on hurting President Biden’s reelection bid led to the collapse of the deal. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Crombie starred as Davola, a psychopath dead set on terrorizing Jerry, throughout a stint of episodes in season 4 of the classic comedy series. Ew Staff,, 23 Feb. 2024 But nothing seems to be going right for Hank, who’s in the midst of a midlife crisis and seems dead set on burning his life down to the ground. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, 25 Dec. 2023 If Taco Bell and Popeyes are dead set on being at the center of every conversation, Chipotle is stuck on the outskirts. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 30 Nov. 2023 Hamas is dead set to derail diplomatic rapprochement between Israel and its Arab neighbors and create enough instability in the Middle East’s energy sector to cause oil prices to rise – and to benefit its supporters Russia and Iran. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 But Jeff continued to drive and glass, dead set on putting his mule deer tag last. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 1 Nov. 2023 Automakers’ difficulties in switching to electric vehicles are the product of both their own quest for profits and public policy that has helped create an industry dead set on making the biggest, often most polluting cars possible. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 5 Oct. 2023 Menendez was dead set against Venezuelan amnesty, and Biden just gave half a million Venezuelan Social Security numbers. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 23 Sep. 2023

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“Dead set.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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