dead lift

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. dead key,
  2. dead languages,
  3. dead leg,
  4. dead letter,
  5. dead letter box,
  6. dead load,
  7. dead loss,
  8. dead mail,
  9. dead man,
  10. dead man walking

Origin of dead lift

First recorded in 1545–55

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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