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be as dead as a dodo

To be outdated or unpopular. The "dodo" is a now-extinct bird. Although popular in the 1970s, disco music is as dead as a dodo today.
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(as) dead as a dodo

Outdated or unpopular. The "dodo" is an extinct bird. Although popular in the 1970s, disco music is as dead as a dodo today.
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*dead as a dodo

 and *dead as a doornail; deader than a doornail
dead; no longer in existence. (*Also: as ~.) That silly old idea is dead as a dodo. When I tried to start my car this morning, I discovered that the battery was deader than a doornail.
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go the way of the dodo

 and go the way of the horse and buggy
Fig. to become extinct; to become obsolete. The floppy disc has gone the way of the horse and buggy.
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dead as a doornail

Also, dead as a dodo or herring . Totally or assuredly dead; also finished. For example, The cop announced that the body in the dumpster was dead as a doornail, or The radicalism she professed in her adolescence is now dead as a dodo, or The Equal Rights Amendment appears to be dead as a herring. The first, oldest, and most common of these similes, all of which can be applied literally to persons or, more often today, to issues, involves doornail, dating from about 1350. Its meaning is disputed but most likely it referred to the costly metal nails hammered into the outer doors of the wealthy (most people used the much cheaper wooden pegs), which were clinched on the inside of the door and therefore were "dead," that is, could not be used again. Dead as a herring dates from the 16th century and no doubt alludes to the bad smell this dead fish gives off, making its death quite obvious. Dead as a dodo, referring to the extinct bird, dates from the early 1900s.
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see under dead as a doornail.

dead as a dodo

If something is as dead as a dodo, it is no longer active or popular. The foreign exchange market was as dead as a dodo. Note: The dodo was a large flightless bird that lived on the islands of Mauritius and Réunion. It became extinct in the late 17th century as a result of hunting and the destruction of its nests by pigs belonging to settlers on the islands.
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dead as a doornail

1. If a person or animal is as dead as a doornail, they are completely dead. From the start of the movie it is clear that she will be as dead as a doornail by the time the credits roll.
2. If something or someone is as dead as a doornail, they are no longer active or popular. My $2,500 computer was dead as a doornail. Nobody will hire him now. He's finished. Dead as a doornail. Note: It is not certain what `doornail' actually refers to. In medieval times, it may have been the plate or knob on a door which was hit by the knocker. It was thought that anything that was struck so often must have been dead. Alternatively, doornails may have been the thick nails which were set into outer doors. It is not clear why these nails should be described as `dead'.
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dead as a (or the) dodo

1 no longer alive. 2 no longer effective, valid, or interesting. informal
The name dodo comes from Portuguese duodo meaning ‘simpleton’. It was applied to the large flightless bird of Mauritius because the bird had no fear of man and so was easily killed, being quickly wiped out by visiting European sailors. The dodo's fate has made it proverbial for something that is long dead and the name has been used metaphorically for an old-fashioned, stupid, or unenlightened person since the 19th century.
2000 John Caughie Television Drama The once pleasant family hour is now as dead as a dodo.
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dead as a doornail (or as mutton)

completely dead.
A doornail was one of the large iron studs formerly often used on doors for ornamentation or for added strength; the word occurred in various alliterative phrases (e.g. deaf as a doornail and dour as a doornail ) but dead as a doornail is now the only one in common use.
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(as) dead as a/the ˈdodo

(informal) no longer in existence; very old-fashioned: Old business practices are as dead as a dodo in the computer age.
The dodo was a large bird that could not fly. It is now extinct (= it no longer exists).
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(as) ˌdead as a ˈdoornail

(informal) completely dead
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n. a very stupid person. What a dumb-dodo you are!

dead as a doornail

Undoubtedly dead.
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The dodo is an extinct bird that used to inhabit the island of Mauritius near Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.
A 3-D model of the brain of the extinct dodo suggests that the bird may have been fairly intelligent--by bird standards.
La numerologia de Dodo es exacta y pertinente: no responde a una moda, sino a una estructura El numero siete da una idea de la perfeccion en la Biblia y en el Tarol representa al carro, donde un hombre triunfante parece alardear de su poder y su exito, pero si se le invierte, es simbolo de decisiones erroneas.
Auction curator Errol Fuller said: "Only about 10 museums in the world have a complete dodo skeleton.
James Hyslop of Christie's South Kensington said: "As an icon of extinction, the dodo is second to none.
But now visitors to World Museum Liverpool can get an idea of what the flightless bird looked like after a rare dodo skeleton was put on display.
While the dodo has been extinct for more than 300 years, the mounted skeleton itself is believed to have been kept under wraps in the museum's collection for at least 40 years.
THE DODOS Tuesday September 1: Glee Club, Birmingham Tickets: 0871 472 0400.
Indeed, Flock of Dodos itself does a solid job of conveying complex ideas in a way that is lively and entertaining.
Literary detective Thursday Next (of The Eyre Affair; Lost in a Good Book; Well of LostPlots) is back home in Swindon along with Friday, her two-year-old son; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; and her Dodos.
Of Discs, Dodos, and Nurserymen: Fantasy Records says that it holds "The World's Mightiest Jazz Catalog" and has been releasing a series of Original Jazz Classics samplers to support the claim.
Then there's the case of Mauritius (in a piece reprinted from The Overcrowded Barracoon): once uninhabited and the home of the dodo; it's now crammed with 1,000 people per square mile and no more dodos.
Their lives are at stake (imagine fighting a flock of dodos and sliding through ice funnels) as they attempt to take the baby home.
Dodos were not hunted for their meat because they tasted disgusting.
People, pigs, macaques, and goats provided some of many random pressures on dodos.