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[ded-ahy] /ˈdɛdˌaɪ/
noun, plural deadeyes.
Nautical. either of a pair of disks of hardwood having holes through which a lanyard is rove: used to tighten shrouds and stays.
an expert marksman.
Origin of deadeye
1740-50; dead + eye; as nautical term, probably ellipsis from deadman's eye, Middle English dedmaneseye deadeye Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for dead eye
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  • A dead eye is nearly as good as a living one for some time after the man is dead.

    Erewhon Samuel Butler
  • A bullet-headed man Smith was, with an oblique, dead eye and the moustache of a cocktail-mixer.

  • But how skillful Brother Lorenzo had been in keeping the glow in his dead eye from being seen by the others!

    G-r-r-r...! Roger Arcot
  • He had an oblique, dead eye, like that of a sting-ray, and the moustache of a cocktail mixer.

  • He still knelt where she had left him, looking up to her window, which gleamed like a dead eye in the moonlight.

    Mary Marston George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for dead eye


(nautical) either of a pair of disclike wooden blocks, supported by straps in grooves around them, between which a line is rove so as to draw them together to tighten a shroud Compare bull's-eye (sense 9)
(mainly US, informal) an expert marksman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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