Origin of drop-dead
How to use drop-dead in a sentence
The cartoonist, better known as Charb, was shot dead Wednesday.
A policewoman was shot dead this morning while law enforcement searched for the Charlie Lebdo killers.
Absent a body, no one can say with absolute certainty whether Castro is dead, even if all signs point in that direction.
During an emergency that ratio could be allowed to drop to 8.5 people per orbit.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But with the pipeline, transportation costs drop and production would be higher.
A little boy of four was moved to passionate grief at the sight of a dead dog taken from a pond.Children's Ways|James Sully
Before he could finish the sentence the Hole-keeper said snappishly, "Well, drop out again—quick!"Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
When he plays a sonata it is as if the composition rose from the dead and stood transfigured before you.
To-day I'm more dead than alive, as we had a lesson from him yesterday that lasted four hours.
It is a fearsome thing for a man to be left alone in the dead of night with a young baby.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for drop-dead
Other Idioms and Phrases with drop-dead
An expression of anger, rejection, or indignation toward someone. For example, I should do all that work for you? Drop dead! This rude imperative is usually hyperbolic, that is, the speaker is not literally asking someone to die on the spot. [c. 1930] Curiously, the adjective (and adverb) drop-dead is not at all insulting. Rather, it means “dazzling” or “awe-inspiring,” as in She wore a drop-dead outfit that all the other women admired. This usage originated in slangy journalism in the 1960s.