more dead than alive
Exhausted, in poor condition, as in By the time I got off that mountain I was more dead than alive. This idiom may be used either hyperbolically or literally. [c. 1900]
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- mordvinian republic,
- more and more,
- more bang for the buck,
- more dict.,
- more fun than a barrel of monkeys,
- more in sorrow than in anger,
- more often than not,
- more or less
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