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]


Nearby words

  1. mordvinian,
  2. mordvinian republic,
  3. more,
  4. more and more,
  5. more bang for the buck,
  6. more dict.,
  7. more fun than a barrel of monkeys,
  8. more in sorrow than in anger,
  9. more often than not,
  10. more or less

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