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dead serious

Completely serious, and not joking in any way. This phrase is usually used to implore the listener to believe the speaker. I'm dead serious—stop playing tricks on me!
See also: dead, serious

dead serious

absolutely serious; not joking. Tom: You're funning me. Bill: No, I'm dead serious. Mary has threatened divorce a hundred times, but this time she says she's dead serious.
See also: dead, serious

Get serious!

Inf. Get realistic!; Stop horsing around! Oh, come on! Get serious! You don't really mean that!
See also: get

serious about someone

in love with someone; romantically interested in someone. I'm afraid I'm getting serious about Bill. Bill, unfortunately, is pretty serious about Mary.
See also: serious

get down to some serious drinking

in. to settle down to a long session of drinking. Well, now we can get down to some serious drinking.
See also: down, drink, get, serious

serious

mod. good; profound; excellent. (see also heavy.) Man, these tunes are, like, serious.

serious about someone

mod. in love, or almost in love, with someone. I’m afraid I’m getting serious about Bill.
See also: serious, someone
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2 : serious in appearance or manner <a grave voice>
In a recent Gallup Poll, many more respondents say HIV/AIDS (82%) and cancer (79%) are very serious global health problems.
Two of the thugs, both 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the young brother and sister at Pineview Gardens, Moyross, Limerick, in September last year.
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Paul's word that personal spiritual purification is necessary to receive worthily the Body and Blood of Christ; sermons which avoid dealing with basic moral truths, or do not state them clearly; widespread doctrinal dissent among American and Canadian professors and teachers; less recourse to old popular devotions; throwing away, as it were, the laws on fasting and abstinence, which advertised Catholicism and also brought home the need for penitence and the awareness of the meaning of Friday, and, perhaps the most serious of all, the changes in our churches, the removal of the Blessed Sacrament from pre-eminence in the church, and the hiding of it in niches or small rooms.
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Ministers were accused last night of a serious failure after official figures showed more than 60 rapes, murders and other serious crimes had been committed by offenders let loose in the community.