like death warmed over

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of like death warmed over

US, informal
: very tired or sick
  • We worked through the night, and by morning we looked like death warmed over.

Word by Word Definitions

death play
  1. : a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions : the end of life — compare brain death

  2. : an instance of dying

  3. : the cause or occasion of loss of life

warm play warmed
  1. : having or giving out heat to a moderate or adequate degree

  2. : serving to maintain or preserve heat especially to a satisfactory degree

  3. : feeling or causing sensations of heat brought about by strenuous exertion

  1. : to make warm

  2. : to infuse with a feeling of love, friendship, well-being, or pleasure

  3. : to fill with anger, zeal, or passion

  1. : warmly

over play
  1. : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

  2. used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

  3. used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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