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dead set

[ded set for 1, 2; ded set for 3] /ˈdɛd ˈsɛt for 1, 2; ˈdɛd ˌsɛt 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
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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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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