dead set

[ ded set for 1, 2; ded set for 3 ]
/ ˈdɛd ˈsɛt for 1, 2; ˈdɛd ˌsɛt for 3 /

adjective

firmly decided or determined; resolved: His family was dead set against the marriage.

noun

a serious or determined attempt; firm effort: He made a dead set at winning the championship.
Hunting. the stiff posture assumed by a hunting dog in indicating the presence and location of game.

Nearby words

  1. dead ringer,
  2. dead run,
  3. dead sea,
  4. dead sea fruit,
  5. dead sea scrolls,
  6. dead set against,
  7. dead slow,
  8. dead soldier,
  9. dead space,
  10. dead spindle

Origin of dead set

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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