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drop dead

1. verb To die suddenly. Brett always seemed so healthy—I'm shocked that he dropped dead at age 30.
2. rude slang An expression of dismissal and contempt for someone. I'm not cleaning up your mess! Drop dead!
3. adjective Spectacularly or sensationally striking, impressive, or awe-inspiring. Used before a noun. In this usage, if is often hyphenated. To flaunt his success, he always shows up in a flashy car with a drop-dead beauty in the passenger seat. She strode into the room wearing a drop-dead dress that made every head turn.
4. adjective Rudely dismissive or disdainful. Used before a noun. In this usage, if is often hyphenated. The politician eventually tempered his drop-dead attitude, indicating that he was willing to work with the groups that had been protesting his proposed legislation.
5. adverb Sensationally; spectacularly; outstandingly. Used before an adjective. In this usage, if is often hyphenated. He was kind of a pudgy, dorky looking kid in high school, but I just saw him at the reunion and he is drop-dead gorgeous now!
See also: dead, drop

drop-dead

COMMON You can use drop-dead to emphasize that someone or something is very attractive or beautiful. She's drop-dead gorgeous. The club was packed with drop-dead models.

drop-dead

1. mod. stunning enough to make one drop dead. (Not literal.) I had my living room done in a bright drop-dead red that makes your blood run cold!
2. mod. rude, as if telling someone to drop dead. I couldn’t stand the boss’s drop-dead attitude, so I quit.
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Rothenberg had embedded horse outlines and silhouettes, painted with densely black tempera, in feathery fields of black or terra-cotta acrylic gesso, struggling to adjust shape to support so as to yield the then compulsory effect of flatness, presentness, presence--however you wanted to characterize the self-evident, surfing-the-tide-of-history, drop-dead look of the era.
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All her costumes, including an drop-dead gorgeous pink feathered gown that looks like a flock of flamingos in mid-flight, were designed by the master, Karl Lagerfeld.