- the dead branches on a tree; dead branches or trees.
- useless or burdensome persons or things: He cut the deadwood from his staff.
- (in writing) unnecessary words, phrases, or exposition; expendable verbiage.
- Nautical. a solid construction, serving only as reinforcement, located between the keel of a vessel and the stem or sternpost.
- Bowling. pins remaining on the alley after having been knocked down by the ball.
- Rummy.cards in a hand that have not been included in sets and are usually counted as points against the holder.
- Poker.cards that have been discarded.
Origin of deadwood
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Examples from the Web for deadwood
I thought for a minute that I had put on my Deadwood DVD by mistake.In Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America,’ Slavery Wasn’t So Bad, but Hillary and Barack Are Socialist Devils
June 30, 2014
In 2004, I was in grad school, and Deadwood, The Wire, and The Sopranos were all on HBO.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto
February 4, 2014
For the time being, the girls are living with friends in Deadwood, South Dakota.The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance
March 8, 2013
Milch, who wrote such superb shows as NYPD Blue and Deadwood and also penned Luck, is a disgrace as well.HBO’s ‘Luck’ Runs Out as Show Is Canceled After Three Horses Die
March 19, 2012
Ferguson later quipped, "Better plywood leadership than deadwood leadership!"The Reboot Begins
October 23, 2010
Deadwood Gamely broke into a very excessive but false laugh.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
If ever there was poetry in a “Deadwood Dick,” thought Phil, surely it was then.The Spoilers of the Valley
Now, it must be premised that Deadwood had recently chosen a sheriff.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
If ever I get the deadwood on you an' yore outfit, I'll sure put you through.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
There's no sense in lopping off a few branches even of deadwood.Jack O' Judgment
- dead trees or branches
- informal a useless person; encumbrance
- nautical a filler piece between the keel and the stern of a wooden vessel
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Word Origin and History for deadwood
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