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A large-headed nail.
dead as a doornail
Undoubtedly dead.


(as) dead as a doornail dead beyond any doubt


(ˈdɔrˌneɪl, ˈdoʊr-)

a large-headed nail.
dead as a doornail, unquestionably dead.
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Noun1.doornail - a nail with a large head; formerly used to decorate doors
nail - a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener


[ˈdɔːˌneɪl] n as dead as a doornailmorto/a stecchito/a
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The Third Man (1949) (BBC2, 12.40pm) Carol Reed's masterful 1949 evocation of Graham Greene sees failed novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arriving in Vienna to meet his good chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find the poor chap dead as a doornail and his reputation besmirched by vile allegations.
If even they cannot get inflation up, it surely must be as dead as a doornail. But these central banks have statutes that commit them to price stability and give them independence from political interference.
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One night it was happy as Larry, the next morning it was as dead as a doornail and refused all my efforts at revival.
Who's there?" - Macbeth "Dead as a doornail" - Henry VI Part II "Eaten me out of house and home" - Henry IV Part II "For goodness' sake" - Henry VIII "Foregone conclusion" - Othello "Full circle" - King Lear "Good riddance" - Troilus and Cressida "Faint hearted" - Henry VI Part I "Fancy-free" - A Midsummer Night's Dream "As good luck would have it" - The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Her commissions allow her to mix with the upper classes, "filling a spot as the single, eccentric artistic friend." She's comfortable as a token misfit, but her outsider perspective comes in handy when the Earl of Greengrass is found in a scandalous state, dead as a doornail outside the village church.
Some flippantly quip, "I thought that sort of talk was dead as a doornail."
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How would she keep telling the swan another million times that the lake was gone, having to hold its beating heart closer to prevent its wings from spreading in a swim through the dust, treading it like water, and whispering the truth: Deader than a doornail! Drier than Mars!
Each of those deer came from the same stands that had been doornail dead the first season, when we'd relied on what turned out to have been sloppy access.