Definition of (as) dead as a doornail in English:

(as) dead as a doornail

phrase

  • Quite dead.

    ‘the plants are all as dead as a doornail’
    • ‘Everyone in front of me was dead - dead as a doornail.’
    • ‘‘As a doctrine, it's dead as a doornail,’ he insists.’
    • ‘If we'd lost it this estate would have been dead as a doornail.’
    • ‘He merely just flopped back on the floor, now dead as a 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.’
    • ‘They'll be deader'n doornails for the next couple hours.’
    • ‘Dated, fin-de-siècle symbolism is deader than a doornail (which at least doesn't rot), without the ghost of a chance at survival.’
    • ‘She's just deader than the proverbial 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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