Definition of more dead than alive in English:

more dead than alive

phrase

  • (of a person) hurt and in a very poor state.

    ‘he was breathing, but more dead than alive’
    • ‘At this time, Ulysses is dumped on Ithaca's shore, more dead than alive.’
    • ‘He was hauled from the boat more dead than alive but, fortunately, recovered not long after.’
    • ‘Jean, the gas fumes in his head quite dissipated, staggered away, more dead than alive.’
    • ‘Then we flew to Palermo and drove for six hours on a windy coastal road to Taormina - we arrived more dead than alive.’
    • ‘He struggles ashore withhis father and a few fellow survivors, more dead than alive.’
    • ‘They dragged me from under the table more dead than alive.’
    • ‘You were carried out of here only yesterday, more dead than alive.’
    • ‘The other is to deal with many street dogs - many I have seen look more dead than alive.’
    • ‘According to the Tuscan Ambassador, Galileo returned from Rome " more dead than alive ".’
    • ‘His doctor said he would never get up from that bed - that he was more dead than alive.’