drop dead

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drop dead pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
    • ***

Quotations

  • Elias Canetti
    Elias%20Canetti
    “A modern man has nothing to add to modernism, if only because he has nothing to oppose it with. The well-adapted drop off the dead limb of time like lice.”
  • Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath
    “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.”

Usage

In literature:

They always announce that they have got a dead thing on it, just before the drop falls.
"Peck's Compendium of Fun" by George W. Peck
I expect as Miss Flora will drop down as dead as a herring, for she doesn't think you're above the hatches.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
It was not quite dead, but soon breathed its last in Vi's lap with her tears dropping fast upon it.
"Elsie's children" by Martha Finley
During all that period, not one of the defenders left his post, till he dropped from it dead or wounded.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
On the way with his buyers he dropped down dead; his heart was broken.
"Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America" by Moses Grandy
Two of 'em dropped dead at play.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
When the cup was full, she was obliged to turn away to empty it, and the deadly drops fell again on Loki's face.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Every rod of the way his emaciated soldiers dropped dead in their steps.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The old Procurator would drop dead if he got a thousand dollars from this parish.
"The City and the World and Other Stories" by Francis Clement Kelley
The Magician drank it up eagerly, and scarcely had he finished when he dropped down dead.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
How cold the dead have made these stones, With natural drops kept ever wet!
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
Like dead scales his egotism dropped from him.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
The very next Saturday he dropped dead in his house.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
Rather than remain in suspense he would have dropped down dead on the spot.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
The branch is dead and the leaves will be dropping.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
All the principal characters being now dead, the piece cannot go on, and the curtain drops.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Look, I can write this without dropping dead!
"Sunrise" by William Black
Whether he caught sight of me or not, I don't know; but he suddenly dropped the dead duck from his mouth, turned, and dived under water.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
They dragged the dead animals a few feet and dropped them into a deep fissure which was handy.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
The twig, which was dead and dry, and had dropped from a fir, was not quite so long as a match, but rather thicker.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
***

In poetry:

Sunk in the shade of still repose,
Unhonour'd drop the valiant dead ;--
Bright as his day shall beam the close--
He dies in Glory's patriot bed!'
"On The Death Of Lieut. Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby. Killed At The Battle Of Alexandria, In Egypt, Marc" by Hector MacNeill
The stars are thick: the light is dead
That dyed the west: and Drowsyhead,
Tuning his cricket-pipe,
Nods, and some apple, round and red,
Drops over-ripe.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
And our old Count,—what now does he?
His son lies dead before him;
Within his tent all woefully
He sits alone in agony,
And drops one hot tear o'er him.
"Count Eberhard, The Groaner Of Wurtembert. A War Song" by Friedrich von Schiller
SWEET , lovely rose! too soon thou'lt die,
And wither'd drop upon the ground;
Yet though thou dead and prostrate lie,
Sweet fragrance in thy leaves are found.
"Reflections On Viewing A Rose" by Elizabeth Beverley
Above his head and sunken secret face
Nested the sparrow's young and dropped not dead.
From the red blood and slime of that lost place
Grew daisies white, not red.
"The Earth's Shame" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
O ye that fought for Freedom, living, dead,
One sacred host of God's anointed Queen,
For every holy, drop your veins have shed
We breathe a welcome to our bowers of green!
"For The Commemoration Services" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Brewer accuses Obama administration of telling Arizona to ' drop dead '.
Brandy Dishses on Season 2 of ' Drop Dead Diva' & Talking to Whitney Houston.
' Drop Dead Diva': Kim Kardashian, Nancy Grace Plot Return (Exclusive).
" Drop Dead Diva" welcomes back cast for season four.
(CBS News) " Drop Dead Diva" returned Sunday for a fourth season on Lifetime with guest star Kim Kardashian in the first of a three-episode appearance.
You And Your Blackout Can Drop Dead .
Drop dead Jon Talton.
Washington, Found Guilty in ' Drop Dead Gorgeous' Murder.
' Drop Dead ': PW Talks with Shalom Auslander.
Interview — Tulane's Gabe Feldman on NBA lockout, NBPA's legal options, drop-dead date, gradual urgency.
No " drop-dead date" to get in 2012 race.
It's called the drop-dead date.
' Drop Dead Diva' gets serious - and stays funny.
In ' Drop Dead Diva,' a hit that she never imagined.
The drop-dead date is the date when the nation's debt ceiling will be breached.
***

In science:

The high voltage pulse During the brief interval between the cosmic ray passing through the chamber and the application of † More precisely, the memory and dead times are given by the period that must elapse before the probability for sparking drops to some specified value, often 1/e.
Construction of a Prototype Spark Chamber
We also see a large peak due to the initially strong afterpulsing effect, another drop caused by the dead time, finally a slowly decreasing tail due to afterpulsing (note that the dead time is of about 32 ns, however it appears shorter due to the width of the electrical outputs signal of 15 ns).
Advantages of gated silicon single photon detectors
***