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or D.O.A

dead on arrival. Unabridged
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dead on arrival
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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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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