Definition of (as) dead as a doornail in English:

(as) dead as a doornail


  • Quite dead.

    ‘the plants are all as dead as a doornail’
    • ‘If we'd lost it this estate would have been dead as a doornail.’
    • ‘She's just deader than the proverbial doornail.’
    • ‘Dated, fin-de-siècle symbolism is deader than a doornail (which at least doesn't rot), without the ghost of a chance at survival.’
    • ‘Everyone in front of me was dead - dead as a doornail.’
    • ‘He merely just flopped back on the floor, now dead as a doornail.’
    • ‘They'll be deader'n doornails for the next couple hours.’
    • ‘‘As a doctrine, it's dead as a doornail,’ he insists.’
    • ‘Don't ask me what has happened in the interim, but the whole issue seems to be as dead as the proverbial doornail just now.’
    • ‘I'll stand in front of him until I'm as dead as a doornail.’
    • ‘Their screams sounded like nails on a chalkboard, or a strangled cat, as they slowly fell into heaps on the floor, dead as doornails and far more ugly.’
    dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away
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