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n. pl. dead·men
1. A rigid plate, beam, or similar object embedded crosswise in a mass of soil or other material to act as an anchor, as for a retaining wall.
2. A prop used as a temporary support for a board or other object.

[dead + man (probably because a deadman is a heavy object that is buried).]
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n, pl -men
1. (Civil Engineering) civil engineering a heavy plate, wall, or block buried in the ground that acts as an anchor for a retaining wall, sheet pile, etc, by a tie connecting the two
2. (Mountaineering) mountaineering a metal plate with a wire loop attached for thrusting into firm snow to serve as a belay point, a smaller version being known as a deadboy
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A more desolate and dreary spot than Deadman's Gulch in a winter midnight it is impossible to imagine.
Nothing else of interest was noted, excepting a suit of moldy and incongruous clothing, several articles of which were afterward identified by respectable witnesses as those in which certain deceased citizens of Deadman's had been buried years before.
[1] Probably Deadman's Point, a small island near Deadman's Bay, off the eastern coast of Newfoundland.
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This paper uses a time-series econometric model, previously published by Pyle and Deadman (1994), in order to forecast levels of recorded property for the years 1992-96 inclusive.
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Lee was then tripped by Woodgate in the area and after a few moments of consideration, referee Darren Deadman pointed to the spot.