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What does DOA mean?
DOA stands for dead on arrival. Outside of law enforcement and hospitals, DOA is used figuratively for a hopeless situation or something doomed from the start.
How is DOA pronounced?[ dee-oh-ey ]
Where does DOA come from?
DOA, for dead on arrival, is found around 1920–30 to describe a victim who is discovered already dead upon the arrival of first responders, such as police officers, or EMTs and hospital workers. Brought in dead (BID) is a similar expression.
DOA had become common enough outside the law enforcement and medical communities to title a classic 1949 film noir about a man who’s been poisoned.
Since then, DOA has seen other uses in popular culture, from band names to professional wrestling promotions to a brand of fishing lures. In 1970, the rock band Bloodrock released “D.O.A.” about a plane crash victim.
How is DOA used in real life?
DOA is widely used by police officers and medical personnel to characterize the status of a victim.
U/D Queens: 19-54 77 St, Active Crime scene in regards to 5 people stabbed, 2 victims was now pronounced DOA, Suspect in custody. https://t.co/3Q0ktp8Hcg
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) September 21, 2018
The figurative DOA is used, less morbidly and for dramatic effect, to describe hopeless situations or things that just never had a chance in the first place. They were metaphorically dead before they even started. It’s often used in politics for bills or proposals that never had a chance of succeeding.
my love life’s D.O.A.
— Abbie (@AbbieCartagena) September 18, 2018
More examples of DOA:
“With Philly’s construction tax ‘D.O.A.,’ Kenney proposes alternative”
—Holly Otterbein and Chris Brennan, Philadelphia Inquirer (headline), September 2018
Example sentences from the Web for DOA
Good news is that $20 million DoA catfish office has comfy chairs and recent issues of catfish newsletters and magazines.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Valentine’s Day and Oral Hygiene|P. J. O’Rourke|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At this point it goes without saying that anything Obama proposes is DOA.Obama Can Best Weaken the GOP by Courting Its Traditional Business Backers|Michael Tomasky|July 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
My take is that any sort of meaningful carbon legislation was DOA, probably even without the Great Recession.
This was always a bit of congressional kabuki theater, because Plan B was DOA in the Senate.As Plan B Fails, GOP Imperils Fiscal Cliff Deal, Boehner’s Speakership|John Avlon|December 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I'm going to guess it was doctor shows on TV that introduced the acronym "DOA" into general American speech.
I followed her at a distance, leaving the fainting form of Doa Amparo to the care of the child and the servant.The Joy of Captain Ribot|Armando Palacio Valds
Doa Maria's old servant closed the gate with a bang, but was careful to open it again noiselessly.The Rebel Chief|Gustave Aimard
Her beauty and her winning manners speak for themselves, as doth her resemblance to Doa Mercedes.Mercedes of Castile|J. Fenimore Cooper
When he was out of sight, Doa Teresa and the Twins had their breakfasts too, sitting on the stones under the fig tree.The Mexican Twins|Lucy Fitch Perkins
As if she wanted wages for the care of Doa Catalinas cherubs!In Sunny Spain with Pilarica and Rafael|Katharine Lee Bates