dead set


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dead set

adv
absolutely: he is dead set against going to Spain.
n
(Hunting) the motionless position of a dog when pointing with its muzzle towards game
adj
(Hunting) (of a hunting dog) in this position
interj
slang Austral an expression of affirmation: dead set, I worked from dawn to dusk.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dead set - fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event"
resolute - firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination; "stood resolute against the enemy"; "faced with a resolute opposition"; "a resolute and unshakeable faith"
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He saw plainly enough that Lady Arabella was making a dead set at his master, and he was watchful of the slightest sign of anything which might enhance this knowledge.
I think that the man is at a dead set who has got through a knot-hole or gateway where his sledge load of furniture cannot follow him.
I recollect, sir, there was a girl at Dumdum, a daughter of Cutler of the Artillery, and afterwards married to Lance, the surgeon, who made a dead set at me in the year '4--at me and Mulligatawney, whom I mentioned to you before dinner--a devilish good fellow Mulligatawney--he's a magistrate at Budgebudge, and sure to be in council in five years.
Even old Lobbs himself, in the very height of his ferocity, couldn't resist the coaxing of his pretty daughter; and when she, and her cousin Kate--an arch, impudent-looking, bewitching little person--made a dead set upon the old man together, as, to say the truth, they very often did, he could have refused them nothing, even had they asked for a portion of the countless and inexhaustible treasures, which were hidden from the light, in the iron safe.
HOWEVER, I made a dead set at him, and before the first third of the dinner was reached, I had him happy again.
To make the thing a cert," he says, getting up, "all you have to do is to make a dead set at her folks.
The more of a dead set she makes at you the better.
It would take no end of generosity, no end of gentleness to forgive such a dead set.
This instrument happening to be the baby, great commotion and alarm ensued, which the sagacity of Boxer rather tended to increase; for, that good dog, more thoughtful than its master, had, it seemed, been watching the old gentleman in his sleep, lest he should walk off with a few young poplar trees that were tied up behind the cart; and he still attended on him very closely, worrying his gaiters in fact, and making dead sets at the buttons.
The one she has found in Hampstead is incredible and she is dead set on it.
She said: "Despite their earlier promises, the Conservatives are dead set on building a third runway at Heathrow.
Phelan said: "He's dead set on playing but he's got to be fit first.