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dead slow

adverb, adjective, Nautical.
as slow as possible without losing steerageway. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • My hand went out and I rang down for half-speed, then for dead slow.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • "A picnic like ours would be dead slow for that crowd," remarked Phil.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • He thinks him “dead slow,” of course, and lays it to his foreign birth.

    The Children of the Poor Jacob A. Riis
  • The mills of the gods grind slowly but they are not so dead slow as all that.

    Happiness and Marriage Elizabeth (Jones) Towne
  • A big collier came athwart the bows of our steamer, and we had to slacken down to dead slow.

    My Friend The Murderer A. Conan Doyle
  • We gradually came round to our proper course, and cruised all day submerged at dead slow speed.

  • But, pard, it was dead slow, an' so I hired a man to run the works while I hit the old trail again.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He reduced the engines to dead slow and glided gaily through the strait.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley

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