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dead meat

Slang. a person or thing that is dead, doomed, or beyond recovery.
Origin of dead meat
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • All wrong doubtless; but something should be allowed to one whose ancestors were called ‘dead-meat eaters’ in the Shastras.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • The trade in live sheep and swine, which was formerly important, has mostly been converted into a dead-meat trade.

  • It will be seen by the following table that the dead-meat trade has become one of the great institutions of the country.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • In the dead-meat trade there has now sprung up a new trade and almost a new race of men.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
Slang definitions & phrases for dead-meat

dead meat

noun phrase

A corpse: We don't believe in geography, teacher. Say one more word and you're dead meat/ But tell that to Toddy and you're dead meat (1860s+)

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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