- 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. very
- 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. Word Origin Old English dēad, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch dood and German tot, also to die.Idioms
(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.