Definition of doornail
: a large-headed nail —used chiefly in the phrase dead as a doornail
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After all, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) seemed dead as a doornail right up until the House of Representatives passed it on a 217-213 vote last month following an initial failure.
Molly's dreams of a linguistic paradise were mortintoj as a doornail.
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