One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
plural nounthe living dead
(in fiction) reanimated corpses that have been turned into creatures capable of movement but not of rational thought; zombies.‘the living dead slowly amble forward with one leg dragging behind’
- ‘Will they become a midnight snack for the living dead?’
- ‘The living dead are among us.’
- ‘Charles recognizes those who are the living dead, and he does not want to become one of them.’
- ‘A small boy got attacked and eaten by the living dead.’
- ‘The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves.’
- ‘He was brave enough to venture out among the living dead.’
- ‘The living dead emerge from a lake to inhabit a deserted house.’
- ‘They are living dead, I don't think they do have much in the way of thinking, they just have the instinct to feed.’
- ‘With his trusty cricket bat in hand, he sets off to collect a few other survivors before they become unwitting meals for the living dead!’
- ‘Shaun's grief with his girlfriend and his mom is the focal crisis of his life until it gradually dawns on him that London is overrun with groaning, flesh-eating living dead.’
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