Stone-dead \Stone"-dead`\, a. As dead as a stone. [1913 Webster]

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  • stone dead — UK US adjective informal completely dead, or completely destroyed Thesaurus: deadsynonym * * * adj. [predic.] completely dead * * * ˌstone ˈdead [stone dead] …   Useful english dictionary

  • stone dead — adj 1.) used to emphasize that a person or animal is dead 2.) kill sth stone dead to completely destroy something or prevent it from being successful ▪ The wrong music can kill a commercial stone dead …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stone dead — adjective INFORMAL completely dead or destroyed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stone-dead — stone′ dead′ adj. undeniably dead; lifeless • Etymology: 1250–1300 …   From formal English to slang

  • stone dead — This idiom is a way of emphasizing that there were absolutely no signs of life or movement …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • stone-dead — adjective as lifeless as a stone (Freq. 1) • Similar to: ↑dead * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: Middle English standed, from stan stone + ded, deed dead more at dead : as lifeless as a stone …   Useful english dictionary

  • stone dead — mod. dead; unquestionably dead; long dead. □ The cat was stone dead and stiff as a board by the time we got to him. □ Old Tom is stone dead and in the ground …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • stone-dead — PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If you kill something such as an idea or emotion stone dead, you completely destroy it. The prospect of having to pay a graduate tax until retirement would kill the students enthusiasm stone dead …   English dictionary

  • stone dead — very dead, no sign of life, dead as a doornail    When we finally found the goose, it was stone dead …   English idioms

  • stone-dead — {adj.}, {informal} Showing no signs of life; completely dead. * /Barry tried to revive the frozen robin but it was stone dead./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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