as dead as a dodo

Meaning
Unambiguously and unequivocally dead.
Origin
The dodo was a flightless bird somewhat like a turkey. It was native to Mauritius and the last live specimen was seen in 1681. The extinction of the species is attributed to the introduction of domestic animals to Mauritius. Mind you biologists thought that coelacanths had been extinct for 70 million years until 1938 when fishermen of South Africa were found to have been regularly catching and eating them.

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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  • dead as a dodo — ● dead * * * I (as) dead as a (or the) dodo see dodo II (as) dead as a (or the) dodo informal dead (used for emphasis) ■ no l …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead as a dodo — If something s dead as a dodo, it is lifeless and dull. The dodo was a bird that lived the island of Mauritius. It couldn t fly and was hunted to extinction …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • dead as a dodo —    If somethng s dead as a dodo, feess and du. The dodo was a brd that lived the and of Mauritus. It coudn t fand was hunted to extncton.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    To say that something is (as) dead as a dodo means that it is… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Dead as a dodo —   If something s dead as a dodo, it is lifeless and dull. The dodo was a bird that lived the island of Mauritius. It couldn t fly and was hunted to extinction …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • dead as a dodo — adjective a) Undoubtedly and unquestionably dead. b) That has become out of date. See Also: go the way of the dodo …   Wiktionary

  • (as) dead as a dodo — phrase no longer existing, relevant, or important After three weeks, the campaign was as dead as a dodo. Thesaurus: not relevant or appropriatesynonym unimportantsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • (as) dead as the dodo — (as) ˌdead as a/the ˈdodo idiom (BrE, informal) completely dead; no longer interesting or valid • In the second half both teams made substitutions to try and liven things up, but the game was as dead as a dodo. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • as dead as a dodo — ► as dead as a dodo utterly dead or finished. Main Entry: ↑dodo …   English terms dictionary

  • as dead as a dodo — (as) dead as a dodo see ↑dead, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑dodo …   Useful english dictionary

  • as dead as a dodo — informal utterly dead or finished. → dodo …   English new terms dictionary


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