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

be dead meat

  (American & Australian informal)
if you say that someone is dead meat, you mean that they will be punished severely for something they have done You touch any of my things again and you're dead meat! If her parents find out she's been sneaking out to see Glenn, she'll be dead meat and so will he.
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.