Definition of doornail in English:



  • 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

    • Quite dead.

      • ‘Dated, fin-de-siècle symbolism is deader than a doornail (which at least doesn't rot), without the ghost of a chance at survival.’
      • ‘‘As a doctrine, it's dead as a doornail,’ he insists.’
      • ‘He merely just flopped back on the floor, now dead as a doornail.’
      • ‘They'll be deader'n doornails for the next couple hours.’
      • ‘Everyone in front of me was dead - dead as a doornail.’
      • ‘She's just deader than the proverbial doornail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If we'd lost it this estate would have been dead as a doornail.’
      • ‘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.’
      dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away
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