faint dead away

faint dead away

Fig. to faint and fall unconscious. I almost fainted dead away. David will faint dead away when he reads this.
See also: away, dead, faint
References in classic literature ?
I don't know now what made you faint dead away when I opened it.
We were both major, serious, intent raptor guys, delighted to try to discern the difference between, say, a kestrel and a jay, which are about the same size, although one can dismember a mouse in seconds and the other would faint dead away if dismemberment was on the syllabus.
Did he think I was going to faint dead away if this showed up on my plate unawares?
And every time this Champollion--compiler of lists of famous dogs and old kings, reader of Arabic grammars, Persian dictionaries, Coptic, and Syriac, youngest-ever member of the Academie Delphinale--makes another linguistic breakthrough into the encrypted past of crocodiles and clitorectomies, he seems to faint dead away, at least once into an eight-day coma.
I did not get the chance to faint dead away when meeting someone called Dwayne,or Kyle, or Jaz.