dead set against

dead set against (someone or something)

Completely opposed to someone or something. Most of the department is dead set against one of our peers becoming our boss, even temporarily. Many people in our small town are dead set against that big construction project, and I think you'll have a hard time changing their minds.
See also: dead, set

dead set against someone or something

totally opposed to someone or something. I'm dead set against the new tax proposal. Everyone is dead set against the mayor.
See also: dead, set

dead set against

Completely opposed to, as in His parents were dead set against John's taking a year off from college. Set against has been used to mean "opposed to" since the 1400s. Dead acquired the meaning "utterly" in the 16th century.
See also: dead, set
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I did go on a Ban the Bomb march when I was 18, and I'm still dead set against war.
Tell her when and how often you'd like to see them or have them to stay and, if she's dead set against it, then you need to get some professional guidance.
If you're really dead set against vine fruits (I suspect that it's the currants that put people off Christmas Pudding) then why not try making the brioche sandwiches with chunky marmalade or apricot jam?
As chairman of the PFA I was regularly asked about my opinions on the matter and was always absolutely 100% dead set against it.
As chairman of the PFA, I was regularly asked about my opinions on the matter and was always dead set against it.
ISPs have of course been dead set against the concept from the getgo, and Reuters noted that they are a near lock to challenge the back-end portion of such a plan.
But if Silverman is dead set against marriage, does she have the same thinking about having children?
Cheryl is dead set against her and you can understand why.
Raf was previously dead set against the idea of adoption and there''s no way he's going to want to bring up Harry Tressler's sprog as his own.
Wal-Mart fought to get a bank charter years ago, only to be foiled by lobbyists who were dead set against having the retailer go head to head with traditional banks.
Ironically, one policy measure that is all ready to be implemented and could prove a game changer for the country is also the one that the BJP election manifesto is dead set against -- FDI in multi-brand retail," writes Nayan Chanda, editor of YaleGlobal, in his column for Businessworld.
But even so, the most vocal neighbors were dead set against any organization using 'their' park for any purpose other than leisurely strolling.
But the council's planning committee has insisted that it is not dead set against fast food joints - just against too many in a single area.
But the ECB's conservative minority, which voted against this month's surprise cut in interest rates and are led by its German members, still seem dead set against any such move.
But the more conservative minority at the bank, who voted against this month's surprise cut in interest rates and are led by its German members, still seem dead set against any such move.