Dead-set

dead set

[ded set for 1, 2; ded set for 3]
noun
1.
firmly decided or determined; resolved: His family was dead set against the marriage.
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:
1840–50, Americanism

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

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