Definition of dead and buried in US English:

dead and buried


  • Over; finished.

    ‘the incident is dead and buried’
    • ‘Soon this nation will be dead and buried unless it changes its philosophy.’
    • ‘Are those plans still alive or they are dead and buried?’
    • ‘Despite being a man down there was still belief in the players that this game was not dead and buried.’
    • ‘With fourteen minutes to play in normal time they looked dead and buried as they trailed by 3-1.’
    • ‘He has realised that the constitution, as it stands, should be deemed dead and buried.’
    • ‘How will this ancient struggle, which liberal theorists once thought dead and buried, end?’
    • ‘We now need the Fire Brigade and the Government to honour their commitment because this is an issue that will never be dead and buried.’
    • ‘The matter, as far as she was concerned, was dead and buried.’
    • ‘Even so, the traditional ideals these clichés had replaced were dead and buried.’
    • ‘St. Peter's were happy to come out of the match with a win as they looked dead and buried for the first twenty minutes of the second half.’