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dead meat

Slang. a person or thing that is dead, doomed, or beyond recovery.
Origin of dead meat
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Where would the poor make a profit out of their dead meat without me?

    Seven Short Plays Lady Gregory
  • As to dead meat, the first sale was held on the 5th of June, when 100 carcases of beef and 72 of mutton were disposed of.

  • Altogether, since the importation began, a million and a quarter pounds of dead meat have been sold in Glasgow.

  • The sky pin-pricked with stars, the air redolent with the mushy flavour of dead meat.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • The two schooners clearing for Halifax were loaded with "dead meat," probably intended for the garrison.

  • Don't move a hand or a foot until the dog chokes himself to death on the dead meat.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • The destruction of live stock was something more to them than lost property, than dead meat.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • Attracted by the effluvia from the dead meat, the bluebottles haunt my laboratory, the windows of which are always open.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Many of them they send alive to London, but they also send an enormous quantity of dead meat.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
Slang definitions & phrases for dead meat

dead meat

noun phrase

A corpse: We don't believe in geography, teacher. Say one more word and you're dead meat/ But tell that to Toddy and you're dead meat (1860s+)

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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