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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.
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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

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
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He stretched himself out under the bench, did not move a limb, and behaved as if he were stone dead.
Presently she came upon them, lying in a little open space full under the brilliant light of the moon--little Tarzan's torn and bloody form, and beside it a great bull gorilla, stone dead.
Stooping to examine him, and finding him stone dead, the purveyor supposed that the man had died from the blow he had received; but of course this was a mistake, as you will see from my account, and I only am the murderer; and although I am innocent of any wish to commit a crime, I must suffer for it all the same, or else have the blood of two Musselmans on my conscience.
When consciousness returned, and, as I soon learned, I was down but a moment, I sprang quickly to my feet searching for my sword, and there I found it, buried to the hilt in the green breast of Zad, who lay stone dead upon the ochre moss of the ancient sea bottom.
The hog, hit by the electric ball, fell stone dead.
The limit of this evil time had arrived only when, on the dawn of a winter's morning, Peter Quint was found, by a laborer going to early work, stone dead on the road from the village: a catastrophe explained-- superficially at least--by a visible wound to his head; such a wound as might have been produced--and as, on the final evidence, HAD been-- by a fatal slip, in the dark and after leaving the public house, on the steepish icy slope, a wrong path altogether, at the bottom of which he lay.
There was no more cat concert, and in the morning there lay the two offenders, stone dead.
He thought his love slept sweetly: he finds she is stone dead.
Here was a riderless horse plunging by, and yonder lay Sir Sagramor, stone dead.
I HAVE heerd say, mim, that the illnesses of some ladies was all pretensions, and that they could faint away, stone dead, whenever they had the inclinations so to do.
They drew a line under that first furious flourish of punk rock, keeping it relevant by killing it stone dead, and rewrote the rules of how angry music should be made.
No surprise that the hot topic to emerge from Celtic's League Cup win over Motherwell was the decision to send off Cedric Kipre and award a penalty that killed the Final stone dead.
I thought there was a lot of energy and emotion used in the game at the weekend and the penalty has killed us stone dead.
I hit four-wood off the 17th tee, hit the left rough, a great lob wedge out of it and a beautiful pitching wedge straight down the pin which I thought was stone dead.
Worse was to follow with two goals in two minutes appearing to kill Forfar's championship hopes stone dead.