kill (something) stone dead

kill (something) stone dead

To totally halt or end something; to destroy or ruin something utterly. The nasty feedback she got about the piece killed her ambition to be a painter stone dead. Many thought the rise of digital media formats would kill physical media stone dead, but people have proven that their desire to collect and own something outright often outweighs their desire for convenience.
See also: dead, kill, stone

stone dead

Rur. dead; unquestionably dead; long dead. The cat was stone dead and stiff as a board by the time we got to him. Old Tom is stone dead and in the ground.
See also: dead, stone

kill something stone ˈdead

(informal) completely destroy something; end something: This has killed my chances of promotion in this company stone dead.
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stone dead

mod. dead; unquestionably dead; long dead. The cat was stone dead and stiff as a board by the time we got to him.
See also: dead, stone