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dead giveaway

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dead giveaway

noun phrase

An unmistakable and definitive clue: His blushing was a dead giveaway (1882+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Despite the tight beam, any communication could be a dead giveaway.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • Radar pulses emanating from a presumably lifeless planetoid would be a dead giveaway.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Their bubbles would rise right past the frogmen, a dead giveaway!

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The accidental use of a first name could mean a dead giveaway at the wrong time.

    The Unnecessary Man Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He drew near the rocket, thinking that the open hatch would be a dead giveaway.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • It was a dead giveaway when Young struck both cartels simultaneously, if Hunter had read the data correctly.

    The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • The red sweater with the terrycloth border and the white pants with a shortened left leg were a dead giveaway.

    The Scapegoat Richard Maples

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