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dead man walking

(US) a condemned man walking from his prison cell to a place of execution
(informal) any person in a doomed or untenable situation, esp one about to lose his or her job
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  • They had just seen a dead man walking, had heard him talking, had spoken to him.

    Planet of the Gods Robert Moore Williams
  • And yet would he believe me when I told him that I had actually seen the dead man walking there with his wife?

    The Seven Secrets William Le Queux

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