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dead horse

something that has ceased to be useful or relevant.
beat / flog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance.
Origin of dead horse
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So side by side and hand in hand the two of us walked out into dead-horse Lake.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
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dead horse

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with dead-horse

dead horse

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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