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dead set

[ded set for 1, 2; ded set for 3] /ˈdɛd ˈsɛt for 1, 2; ˈdɛd ˌsɛt for 3/
firmly decided or determined; resolved:
His family was dead set against the marriage.
a serious or determined attempt; firm effort:
He made a dead set at winning the championship.
Hunting. the stiff posture assumed by a hunting dog in indicating the presence and location of game.
Origin of dead set
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • dead set on it, and says he wouldn't change his profession to be a king.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Mamma is dead set against the artistic, and I'm dead set against the fashionable.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
  • He's dead set on Clara goin' for service and she wants to be a typewriter.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • Moreover, all the French here are, and always have been, dead set on Asia.

  • They are dead set against England, and claim to belong to France.

    Ben Comee

    M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • He got her dead set on him and his stories, that's what he gets for 'em!

  • I suppose he made a dead set at you while I was away—cowardly brute!

  • The dead set against him extended from the Fifth Form downwards.

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting
British Dictionary definitions for dead set

dead set

absolutely: he is dead set against going to Spain
the motionless position of a dog when pointing with its muzzle towards game
(of a hunting dog) in this position
(Austral, slang) an expression of affirmation: dead set, I worked from dawn to dusk
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