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dead set

[ded set for 1, 2; ded set for 3] /ˈdɛd ˈsɛt for 1, 2; ˈdɛd ˌsɛt for 3/
firmly decided or determined; resolved:
His family was dead set against the marriage.
a serious or determined attempt; firm effort:
He made a dead set at winning the championship.
Hunting. the stiff posture assumed by a hunting dog in indicating the presence and location of game.
Origin of dead set
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As they saw by this that there was a dead-set made against them, they then decided to form a volunteer military company.

  • In four they are held back when dead-set on a very wrong course.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • By one means or other, there is no doubt but the Gipsies made a dead-set upon certain native families of influence.

    A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson
  • Of course if she was "dead-set" against John Crumb, that was one thing!

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • And I didn't mean that you should make a dead-set call, you know—didn't know but you might happen to meet her.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • Billy was dead-set against the trial of eternally groping for the meaning of foreign phrases.

  • All a part of the game, dear old pal, the dead-set at the noble and rich.

  • If he's dead-set on the wrong side, why, she's jist as dead-set on the right side, and that makes a mortal difference.

    The Story Of Kennett Bayard Taylor
  • I wonder you don't realize that there are more ways of making up to a man than the dead-set method.

    Tiny Luttrell Ernest William Hornung
  • If the boss'll excuse me, me mate's dead-set against a woman doing things for him.

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for dead-set

dead set

absolutely: he is dead set against going to Spain
the motionless position of a dog when pointing with its muzzle towards game
(of a hunting dog) in this position
(Austral, slang) an expression of affirmation: dead set, I worked from dawn to dusk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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