be dead in the water

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be dead in the water

To be completely defunct. Oh, that idea from last week's meeting is dead in the water now that the CEO has vetoed it.
See also: dead, water

be dead in the water

if something is dead in the water, it has failed, and it seems impossible that it will be successful in the future So how does a government revive an economy that is dead in the water? As soon as Mum finds out that you'll be away overnight, your plan's going to be dead in the water.
See also: dead, water