[ drop-ded ]
/ ˈdrɒpˌdɛd /
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inspiring awe, astonishment, or envy: a drop-dead guest list; a drop-dead sable coat.
being the most extreme limit or possibility: What's the drop-dead date for handing in term papers? That is our drop-dead offer.
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Origin of drop-dead

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for drop-dead


informal outstandingly or exceptionallydrop-dead gorgeous
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Other Idioms and Phrases with drop-dead

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.

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