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Meaning of "as dead as a doornail" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL

as a matter of course
as a matter of fact
as a rule
as a whole
as against
as alike as chalk and cheese
as all that
as best one can
as broad as it is long
as dead as a dodo
as dull as ditchwater
as far as
as far as I can see
as for
as from
as good as
as good as gold
as good as one´s word
as hell
as how

WORDS THAT END LIKE AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL

agnail
coffin nail
dead as a doornail
doornail
edible snail
fingernail
garden snail
hangnail
hobnail
nail
on the nail
pond snail
renail
sea snail
snail
thumbnail
toenail
tooth and nail
trenail
unnail

Synonyms and antonyms of as dead as a doornail in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «as dead as a doornail» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL

Find out the translation of as dead as a doornail to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of as dead as a doornail from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «as dead as a doornail» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

死的门钉
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

como bien muerto
570 millions of speakers

English

as dead as a doornail
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक doornail के रूप में मृत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الموتى كما ل doornail
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

мертв, как дверной гвоздь
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

como mortinho da silva
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি doornail হিসাবে হিসাবে মৃত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

aussi mort qu´un clou de porte
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Seperti mati sebagai doornail
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

so tot wie ein Türnagel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

鋲くぎのように死んだ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

doornail 로 죽은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Minangka mati minangka doornail
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

như chết như một doornail
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு டார்னரை போல இறந்துபோனது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एक डोंगल म्हणून मृत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Bir doornail kadar ölü
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

come morta stecchita
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

martwy jak kłoda
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

мертвий , як дверний цвях
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ca mort ca -a binelea
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ως νεκρό ως doornail
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

so dood soos ´n mossie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

så stendött
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

som døde som en doornail
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of as dead as a doornail

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL»

The term «as dead as a doornail» is normally little used and occupies the 112.090 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about as dead as a doornail

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL»

Discover the use of as dead as a doornail in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to as dead as a doornail and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Cartoon-illustrated Metaphors: Idioms, Proverbs, Cliches, ...
After the pocket calculator was introduced, the slide rule was as dead as a doornail. Dead Duck -Pi / ^^ x_ « LEGEND: ** meaning. 49.
Kaiman Lee, 2003
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Dictionary of Word Origins: A History of the Words, ...
Why do we say something is as "dead as a doornail"? The doornail is the plate or knob on which the hammer of a door knocker strikes. Since this nail is knocked on the head many times a day it cannot be supposed to have much life left in it.
Jordan Almond, 1995
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As Right as Rain: The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions
Whatever the reasoning,as dead as a doornail isfound asearly as the midfourteenthcentury, and Shakespeare usesit without explanationin Henry VI Part II(1592), suggesting thatitwas well established inspeech by then. In 1680 thedramatist ...
Caroline Taggart, 2013
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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of ...
... too nicely to be a coincidence—or maybe the comparison is just a load of old cobblers. Dead. as. a. doornail. We may remark that a plant, animal, person, or perhaps even a relationship is as dead as a doornail in order to emphasize ...
Harry Oliver, 2011
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The Dimwit's Dictionary: More Than 5,000 Overused Words and ...
... drained; drowsy; enervated; exhausted; fatigued; groggy; sapped; sleepy; sluggish; slumberous; somnolent; soporific; spent; tired; weary; worn out. (as) dead as a doornail An insipid simile. 1. ceased; completed; concluded; dead; deceased; ...
Robert Hartwell Fiske, 2006
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Similes Dictionary
In thefirst play the simile appears asfollows: “IfI do not leave you all as dead as a doornail, I pray God I may never eat grass more. In the sec— ond, in response to Falstaffasks “What, is the old king dead?” and Pistol answers, “As a nail in door” ...
Elyse Sommer, 2013
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A Christmas Carol - Spotlight Edition
So, if you'll pardon me, I'll simply repeat that old Marley was as dead as a doornail. Now, did Scrooge know he was dead? Of course he did! How could he not know it? Scrooge and Marley had been business partners for I don't know how ...
Charles Dickens, 2004
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Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms
I'm afraid there's a body in the garage – and it's as dead as a doornail. A doornail was a large flat-headed nail of a sort once used to stud doors. The simile is long established, having been used in Piers Plowman (1362) and by Shakespeare.
Gordon Jarvie, 2009
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Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: C to Fizzle
He's as dead as a doornail ; for I gave him seven knocks on the head with a hammer. 1790. Rhodes, Bombastes Purioso, Ay, dead as herrings— herrings that are red. 1843. C. Dickens, Christmas Carol, s.v. 1864. D. W. Thompson, Daydreams ...
John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley, 1891
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Truth
“Mind you lie still, then, after you're shot, Reggie, and don't give away the show by moving or opening your eyes.” “ Oh! But I shan't be able to move or_ open my eyes. i I shall be as dead as a doornail. Mr. Con]urer says so. I wonder what it will  ...

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term as dead as a doornail is used in the context of the following news items.
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Artifacts celebrates 20 years
"It used to be certain antiques — Victorian and glassware and all of that stuff — were hot, and now it is as dead as a doornail. No one cares ... «Iowa City Press Citizen, Jun 15»
2
Calling All DTRs: Remains of Innocence in Papeback
... looked to be as dead as a doornail. I wanted a wisteria in our yard in the worst way, but once mine water was no longer available for irrigation ... «seattlepi.com, Apr 15»
3
Warriors S.F. arena plan gaining ground
Because right now it's as dead as a doornail.” Construction is expected to begin after the first of the year with hopes of completion in the spring ... «San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 15»
4
Life eternal: Easter invites Christians to reflect on meaning of …
Rather, he goes to his grave as dead as a doornail and is given his life back again by God (i.e., resurrected) just as he was given it by God in ... «WatertownDailyTimes.com, Apr 15»
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'We lost in all three departments' - Misbah
Pakistan's world cup campaign in absence of Hafeez, Ajmal and Junaid is not just next to impossible but it's as dead as a doornail. The only ... «ESPNcricinfo.com, Feb 15»
6
The only possible conclusion is that the euro is dead
... why he does not, therefore, draw the logical conclusion from his very thoughtful essay: the European currency union is as dead as a doornail. «Financial Times, Feb 15»
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A Contrarian View: Some U.S. Energy Stocks Are In Stealth …
Energy stocks are supposedly as dead as a doornail, and on the long-term avoid list for the majority of pundits and analysts who cite huge ... «Seeking Alpha, Feb 15»
8
Stone-age customs and corruption in modern Britain
A MUMMIFIED monk found preserved in Mongolia looks as dead as a doornail. Yet some devout Buddhists believe the monk, found sitting in ... «expressandstar.com, Feb 15»
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Can RadioShack Possibly Survive in Some Form? Analysts Are Split
"They're as dead as a doornail. They're done," Anthony Chukumba, an analyst at BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T (BBT) , said in a ... «TheStreet.com, Feb 15»
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Brisbane promoted as a world class city but nobody knows what that …
Around it, at street level, was as dead as a doornail, no vibe, no energy. I expected a tumbleweed any minute. And there was the sign above ... «Courier Mail, Jan 15»

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