One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stud set in a door for strength or as an ornament.
- ‘In spite of being dumber than a doornail, the minister immediately picked up on it.’
(as) dead as a doornail
dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed awayView synonyms
- ‘Dated, fin-de-siècle symbolism is deader than a doornail (which at least doesn't rot), without the ghost of a chance at survival.’
- ‘I'll stand in front of him until I'm as dead as a doornail.’
- ‘He merely just flopped back on the floor, now dead as a doornail.’
- ‘She's just deader than the proverbial doornail.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘If we'd lost it this estate would have been dead as a doornail.’
- ‘They'll be deader'n doornails for the next couple hours.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Everyone in front of me was dead - dead as a doornail.’
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