dead lift

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noun

a direct lifting without any mechanical assistance.
a situation that requires all one's strength or ingenuity.

Origin of dead lift

First recorded in 1545–55
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Historical Examples of dead lift

  • We know that faith is not a dead-lift of the brain, a supreme effort either for God or for ourselves.

    The Lost Art of Reading

    Gerald Stanley Lee