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stone-dead

[stohn-ded] /ˈstoʊnˈdɛd/
adjective
1.
undeniably dead; completely lifeless.
Origin of stone-dead
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (north) standed. See stone, dead
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  • And I crept down by myself to the beach, and came to where he had fallen, and there I found him stone-dead.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • At the bottom of the wet mess of hair and red and flesh was old Shep, stone-dead.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • And there, surely enough, we found her, stone-dead by the side of the skeleton.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • Too late a bit we were, but we found him, just stone-dead like, and brought him round.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Worthingtons hands were fastened on the strangers throat, and both men were stone-dead.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • The first and readiest is that of which it has been emphatically said, stone-dead hath no fellow.

    Travels in Arabia Bayard Taylor
  • Though apparently unhurt, one of their company may turn over, stone-dead, in the distance.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • He was stone-dead when I turned him over; and judging by the terrible emaciation of his body he had died of protracted starvation.

  • His forehead rested on the table, his arms hung at his sides; he was stone-dead!

  • He fell forward and lay there in the sand without another motion, stone-dead.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
British Dictionary definitions for stone-dead

stone-dead

adjective
1.
completely lifeless
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