be dead meat

be dead meat

slang To be the target of forthcoming violence or ill-will. This phrase is usually issued as a threat. I heard you slashed my tires—you're dead meat! If my brother catches us messing with his stuff, we'll be dead meat!
See also: dead, meat
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One thug with a gun can ignore almost any number of unarmed citizens, but if every citizen is carrying a Saturday night special or a junk gun or whatever awful identification the anti-gun crowd is currently touting, the thug would be dead meat the very next time he attempted an armed assault.