dead giveaway

dead giveaway

something that reveals a fact or an intention completely. The car in the driveway was a dead giveaway that someone was at home.
See also: dead, giveaway
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Asked whether he was engaged, the ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' star replied: ''The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway.
The 50-year-old actor said that the fact that he's wearing a chick's ring on his finger was probably a dead giveaway, the Mirror reported.
He said: "The fact I'm wearing a chick's ring is probably a dead giveaway.
You would have thought the positioning of the 'O' in his surname would have been the dead giveaway (he obviously should have played for Italy).
SEEING the name Sebastian Soderberg heading Top Scandinavian betting is a dead giveaway that all the best Swedes and Danes are staying put after their home game in Malmo last week.
50 The party season pays havoc with our eyes and puffiness under the peepers is a dead giveaway of late-night revelling.
I must be feeling generous this week as one of our picture clues is a dead giveaway.
The fact that they were promoting the Greekness of their experience in the middle of Athens should have been a dead giveaway of what we were in for.
The source also said that police not detecting any strong alcoholic odor on him is a dead giveaway.
THE title is a dead giveaway to the simply plotted mayhem as Clive Owen's mysterious carrotcrunching hit man runs riot in Michael Davis's bloodfest.
Considering cigarettes or chew a reward and treat after working hard or doing well at school or at work and making time to take a break and treat yourself is a dead giveaway [of addiction].
The trademark Portmeirion blue in evidence on buildings and gates around the place - a colour he concocted, although more of a turquoise in reality - tends to be a dead giveaway.
Not to mention the fact that it would be a dead giveaway that when it comes to housework, I'm really rather lazy.
A dead giveaway are Welsh place names appearing in England, and vice versa.
Roots protruding from the base of the pot are a dead giveaway.