- Rummy. cards in a hand that have not been included in sets and are usually counted as points against the holder.
- Poker. cards that have been discarded.
- deadweight tonnage,
- deaf aid,
- deaf as a post
Origin of deadwood
Examples from the Web for deadwood
I thought for a minute that I had put on my Deadwood DVD by mistake.In Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America,’ Slavery Wasn’t So Bad, but Hillary and Barack Are Socialist Devils|Andrew Romano|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2004, I was in grad school, and Deadwood, The Wire, and The Sopranos were all on HBO.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto|Andrew Romano|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the time being, the girls are living with friends in Deadwood, South Dakota.The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance|John Avlon|March 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Milch, who wrote such superb shows as NYPD Blue and Deadwood and also penned Luck, is a disgrace as well.HBO’s ‘Luck’ Runs Out as Show Is Canceled After Three Horses Die|Buzz Bissinger|March 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Ferguson later quipped, "Better plywood leadership than deadwood leadership!"
And, besides, Deadwood Dick—whom he had feared if he feared any man—was his prisoner!
We've got to hurry and catch it, or it will run clean into Deadwood and crawl down a gold mine.The Voyage of the Rattletrap|Hayden Carruth
Deadwood Dick was peering over the edge of the ledge, at a point where a shadow protected him.
Deadwood Dick gave a start, partly raised his right hand, and fell forward on his face.
He gave this roadway needed artificial improvements, and started the Deadwood and Medora stage-line.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands|H. Hagedorn.
1887 in figurative sense of "useless person or thing," originally American English, from dead (adj.) + wood (n.). Dead wood in a forest is useful as firewood; perhaps the reference here is to the dried up parts of plants grown for commercial production of flowers or fruit.