dead and gone

dead and gone

 
1. Lit. [of a person] long dead. Old Gert's been dead and gone for quite a spell. When I'm dead and gone, I hope folks remember me at my best.
2. Fig. [of a thing] gone long ago. That kind of thinking is dead and gone. The horse-and-buggy days are dead and gone.
See also: and, dead, gone

dead and gone

1. mod. [of a person] long dead. Old Gert’s been dead and gone for quite a spell.
2. mod. [of a thing] gone long ago. That kind of thinking is dead and gone.
See also: and, dead, gone
References in classic literature ?
By hints, I asked him whether he did not propose going back, and having a coronation; since he might now consider his father dead and gone, he being very old and feeble at the last accounts.
She is dead and gone to Heaven; She is dead and gone to Heaven;
They are dead and gone these many years that cared for me.
But anyway, he gets out by himself and mopes and thinks; and mostly he hunts for a lonesome place high up on the hill in the edge of the woods, and sets there and looks away off on the big Mississippi down there a-reaching miles and miles around the points where the timber looks smoky and dim it's so far off and still, and everything's so solemn it seems like everybody you've loved is dead and gone, and you 'most wish you was dead and gone too, and done with it all.
My father is dead and gone," answered Telemachus, "and even if some rumour reaches me I put no more faith in it now.
Autumn flowers were dead and gone, yellow leaves lay rustling on the ground, bleak winds went whistling through the naked trees, and cold, white Winter snow fell softly down; yet now, when all without looked dark and dreary, on little Annie's breast the fairy flower bloomed more beautiful than ever.
Stock-Stock, whom they had loved dearly; she was dead and gone, poor dear.
And a aged woman of ninety that use to live nigh here, but is dead and gone long ago, told me that a family of some such name as yours in Blackmoor Vale came originally from these parts, and that 'twere a old ancient race that had all but perished off the earth--though the new generations didn't know it.
And now, dear friend, you who have journeyed with me in all these merry doings, I will not bid you follow me further, but will drop your hand here with a "good den," if you wish it; for that which cometh hereafter speaks of the breaking up of things, and shows how joys and pleasures that are dead and gone can never be set upon their feet to walk again.
The old boyish love was dead and gone, but I owed some respect to the memory of it.
When we return in the morning, we hope you'll be polite enough to let us find you dead and gone and with your mouth wide open.
My dead and gone father and Pussy's dead and gone father must needs marry us together by anticipation.
And here the incoherence coming on very strong, Mrs Varden wept, and laughed, and sobbed, and shivered, and hiccoughed, and choked; and said she knew it was very foolish but she couldn't help it; and that when she was dead and gone, perhaps they would be sorry for it--which really under the circumstances did not appear quite so probable as she seemed to think--with a great deal more to the same effect.
When the old lady had expatiated, a long time, on the excellences of her children, and the merits of her kind good husband besides, who had been dead and gone, poor dear soul
I love my husband long dead and gone, in him; I love my children dead and gone, in him; I love my young and hopeful days dead and gone, in him.