dead on arrival


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dead on arrival

without any chance for success dead in the water Five years ago the industry appeared dead on arrival. The idea of legalizing some drugs is a concept that's dead on arrival in many law enforcement circles.
Usage notes: often used in referring to something that must be voted on: Healthcare reform was dead on arrival.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of dead on arrival (not alive when brought to a hospital)
See also: dead, on
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He had telephoned a friend from Danneman's apartment, saying ``I need help bad, man,'' and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.