something that has ceased to be useful or relevant.
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bill, commitment, mortgage, indebtedness, receipt, damage, due, liability, credit, deficit, capital, obligation, arrears, loss, shortfall, duty, claim, debenture, encumbrance, invoice
- dead freight,
- dead from the neck up,
- dead hand,
- dead heart,
- dead heat,
- dead in one's tracks,
- dead in the water,
- dead key,
- dead languages,
- dead leg
beat/flog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance.
Origin of dead horse
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for dead horse
So side by side and hand in hand the two of us walked out into Dead-Horse Lake.The Prairie Child|Arthur Stringer
see beat a dead horse.
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