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stone-dead

[stohn-ded] /ˈstoʊnˈdɛd/
adjective
1.
undeniably dead; completely lifeless.
Origin of stone-dead
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (north) standed. See stone, dead
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  • The colonel had just been discovered, stone dead, lying exactly as he had fallen, in a heap on the floor of his chamber.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • I saw him go down all of a heap as though he were stone dead.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • It is no use being virtuously indignant: "stone dead hath no fellow" is an English proverb, not a German one.

  • The cat at which Sam had fired at once dropped to the ground, stone dead.

  • He stretched himself out under the bench, did not move a limb, and behaved as if he were stone dead.

    Grimms' Fairy Tales The Brothers Grimm
  • The soldiers never moved hand or foot; they were stone dead.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • They found a man that Fortner had shot at stone dead, with a bullet through his temple.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • Wholesale houses, says a high authority, are "not dull, but stone dead."

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Yes; he kicked him down the steep side of Prospect Hill, and he is stone dead.

    The Bobbin Boy William M. Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for stone dead

stone-dead

adjective
1.
completely lifeless
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Slang definitions & phrases for stone dead

stone dead

adjective phrase

As dead as can be (1290+)

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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