dead from the neck up

Extremely stupid, as in That news commentator sounds dead from the neck up. This expression alludes to being “brain-dead.” [Early 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. dead duck,
  2. dead end,
  3. dead fingers,
  4. dead firing,
  5. dead freight,
  6. dead hand,
  7. dead heart,
  8. dead heat,
  9. dead horse,
  10. dead in one's tracks

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