Definition of dead adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ded//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ded//
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  1. 1completely; exactly You're dead right! (British English) a dead straight road (British English) The train was dead on time. He's dead against the idea. The sight made him stop dead in his tracks (= stop suddenly). She's dead set on getting (= determined to get) this new job.
  2. very
  3. 2(British English, informal) very; extremely The instructions are dead easy to follow. You were dead lucky to get that job. I was dead scared.
  4. Word OriginOld English dēad, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch dood and German tot, also to die.Idioms
    bang to rights (British English) (North American English dead to rights)
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    (informal) with definite proof of having committed a crime, so that you cannot claim to be innocent We've got you bang to rights handling stolen property.
    (British English) to pretend not to have seen somebody; to refuse to say hello to somebody She saw me, recognized me and cut me dead.
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