- Slang. a person or thing that is dead, doomed, or beyond recovery.
Origin of dead meat
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for dead meat
The trade in live sheep and swine, which was formerly important, has mostly been converted into a dead-meat trade.
In the dead-meat trade there has now sprung up a new trade and almost a new race of men.
It will be seen by the following table that the dead-meat trade has become one of the great institutions of the country.
All wrong doubtless; but something should be allowed to one whose ancestors were called ‘dead-meat eaters’ in the Shastras.Gipsy Life