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or D.O.A

dead on arrival. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Now come, father," DOA Marianna said, as she seized a lantern and boldly entered the excavation.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • But DOAn't 'ee think, Ikey, 'tes time for 'ee to be puttin' in th' baans?

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • DOA Angela gave a sly glance at her camarista, who was standing behind her.

    The Gold-Seekers Gustave Aimard
  • Gaspar Ruiz saw the dark eyes of DOA Erminia look down at him.

    Gaspar Ruiz Joseph Conrad
  • There was not a moment's hesitation on the part of DOA Maria.

    For the Soul of Rafael Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for DOA


dead on arrival
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for DOA

also d.o.a., 1929, police slang abbreviation of dead on arrival.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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DOA in Medicine

DOA abbr.

  1. dead on admission

  2. dead on arrival

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for DOA

dead on arrival

adjective phrase

Invalid and rejected: The President's budget was dead on arrival even before it got to Congress (1980s+)



Dead on arrival


: Don't risk being a DOA by driving drunk

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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