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dead set

[ded set for 1, 2; ded set for 3] /ˈdɛd ˈsɛt for 1, 2; ˈdɛd ˌsɛt for 3/
adjective
1.
firmly decided or determined; resolved:
His family was dead set against the marriage.
noun
2.
a serious or determined attempt; firm effort:
He made a dead set at winning the championship.
3.
Hunting. the stiff posture assumed by a hunting dog in indicating the presence and location of game.
Origin of dead set
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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  • It just seemed as if managers were dead set against having a man and wife in the same company.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • Moreover, all the French here are, and always have been, dead set on Asia.

  • It was even probable he would be, for the devil makes a dead set at pious people.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • They are dead set against England, and claim to belong to France.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • I suppose he made a dead set at you while I was away—cowardly brute!

  • For our friend Cælius has a dead set made at him by the Clodian gens.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • The experience of 1836 will teach them not to make a dead set against doing business, or granting supplies, etc.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • No wonder, then, that there was a dead set at them, the living owner maulgre.

    The Book-Collector William Carew Hazlitt
British Dictionary definitions for dead set

dead set

adverb
1.
absolutely: he is dead set against going to Spain
noun
2.
the motionless position of a dog when pointing with its muzzle towards game
adjective
3.
(of a hunting dog) in this position
interjection
4.
(Austral, slang) an expression of affirmation: dead set, I worked from dawn to dusk
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