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dead on arrival. Unabridged
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dead on arrival
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also d.o.a., 1929, police slang abbreviation of dead on arrival.

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DOA in Medicine

DOA abbr.

  1. dead on admission

  2. dead on arrival

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dead on arrival

adjective phrase

Invalid and rejected: The President's budget was dead on arrival even before it got to Congress (1980s+)



Dead on arrival


: Don't risk being a DOA by driving drunk

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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DOA in Technology

Dead on arrival. A piece of hardware that has never worked.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  1. dead on arrival
  2. Department of Agriculture
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