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[drop-ded] /ˈdrɒpˌdɛd/
inspiring awe, astonishment, or envy:
a drop-dead guest list; a drop-dead sable coat.
being the most extreme limit or possibility:
What's the drop-dead date for handing in term papers? That is our drop-dead offer.
Origin of drop-dead
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • drop-dead beauty will continue on occasion to drop dead, appalled by the universe.
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  • And it's been designed to make it drop-dead simple for anyone to use.
  • Everyone agreed that it was essential to have a drop-dead date.
  • For drop-dead gorgeous flowering plants, nothing compares to a delphinium.
  • Moreover, their new drop-dead looks reflect the sleek elegance of former days of glory.
British Dictionary definitions for drop-dead


(informal) outstandingly or exceptionally: drop-dead gorgeous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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