dead set

[ded set for 1, 2; ded set for 3]
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noun
  1. a serious or determined attempt; firm effort: He made a dead set at winning the championship.
  2. Hunting. the stiff posture assumed by a hunting dog in indicating the presence and location of game.

Origin of dead set

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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dead set

adverb
  1. absolutelyhe is dead set against going to Spain
noun
  1. the motionless position of a dog when pointing with its muzzle towards game
adjective
  1. (of a hunting dog) in this position
interjection
  1. Australian slang an expression of affirmationdead set, I worked from dawn to dusk
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