• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Beating a dead horse - (USA) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deád; Goth. dauths, Ger. todt, from root of die.


In literature:

I've had a ride for it, and we're dead beat.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
We were dead beat, and told the cook to call us if the wind freshened or if anything happened.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Almost dead-beat, Trefusis and his chum made their way to the hotel, had supper, and went straight to bed.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
I was dead beat, and I fell asleep instantly.
"The Motor Pirate" by George Sidney Paternoster
The Ten Hundred were tired, dead-beat.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
The fisher's wife laid the child upon the mother's bosom, and it rested on a heart that beat no more, for she was dead.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
C, but when it's dead knowledge of a rapid he'll beat me easy.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
And still her tears flowed on, and still her body grew colder and colder, until her heart beat no more, and the lady Niobe was dead.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The porter executed the directions, and beat him so severely that he left him half dead.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various
The men at the telephones were dead beat, but cool and collected.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh

In poetry:

The man and woman they soon were dead,
The sailors their strength did urge;
But the billows that beat were their winding-sheet,
And the winds sung their funeral dirge.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Only the music told what else was dumb,
The funeral march to which our pulses beat;
For all our dead went by, to a muffled drum
We heard the tread of all those phantom feet.
"Victory" by Alfred Noyes
Cean duv deelish, I cry to thee
Beyond the world, beneath the sea,
Thou being dead.
Where hast thou hidden from the beat
Of crushing hoofs and tearing feet
Thy dear black head ?
"Cean Duv Deelish" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
The yellow gas is fired from street to street
past rows of heartless homes and hearths unlit,
dead churches, and the unending pavement beat
by crowds - say rather, haggard shades that flit
"The Yellow Gas" by Christopher Brennan
They come with the roar of the winds, they are not dead
They bring the lost child back, they torture her,
Their hands are red with her sharp blood, their feet
Thunder in dread irrevocable beat.
"Pilgrimage (for Lewis Mumford)" by Marya Zaturenska
The drum-beat of the bannered brave,
The requiem and the knell,
The volley o'er the soldier's grave,
His comrades' last farewell,
Are tributes rendered to the dead,
And sermons to the living read.
"Champions Of Liberty." by George Pope Morris

In news:

Who knew that Peter Reid would choose to continue to beat that dead horse , so long after its demise.
'Jersey Shore' recap: Beating the dead horse .
Last beating of the US dead horse .
Not to beat a dead horse on second thought, that's what we'll do, because Lord knows this subject hasn't been addressed enough.
Madonna really likes to beat a dead horse, doesn't she.
Talk about beating a dead horse.
Wednesday morning, he was found dead in a bathtub from a brutal beating.
Symphonies still prefer dead composers, but Clyne beat the odds to land a plum job with the CSO at the tender age of 30.
Not only did they make a conscious decision to commit the crime…they went the extra step and decided to brutally beat a man and a woman in their 70s and then leave them for dead.
Preston explained that her father pretended he was dead -- so the beating would end.
ERIE, Pa.—A northwestern Pennsylvania man has been jailed on attempted homicide and other charges after police say he beat a woman until she was brain dead.
After beating Miami, 49ers' Gore sports shirt with dead dolphin on it.
Obviously, trying to woe Black female voters, the Senator turned President is also guilty of reinforcing the image of the Blackman as a "dead beat dad".
ERIE, Pa.—A northwestern Pennsylvania man has been jailed on attempted homicide and other charges after police say he beat a woman until she was brain dead .
The Black Man's Burden : Exploding the Myth of The 'DEAD Beat Dad.

In science:

In this work, we apply recent results for the observability of systems which are linear to unmeasured state components in in order to design hybrid dead-beat reduced-order observers for system (1.1).
Reduced Order Dead-Beat Observers for a Bioreactor
Dead-beat control of discrete-time bilinear systems.
Deadbeat control: construction via sets
Dead beat controllability of polynomial systems: symbolic computation approaches.
Deadbeat control: construction via sets
Output dead beat control for a class of planar polynomial systems.
Deadbeat control: construction via sets