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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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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.
I put a third bullet into the beast at three paces, and then I thought that I was done for; but it rolled over and stopped at my feet, stone dead.
As soon as he set his foot on board our ship, and saw himself safe, he dropped down stone dead to all appearance.
His mistress had ceased to scream and was stretched insensible upon a couch, while with his feet tilted over the side of an arm-chair, and his head upon the ground near the corner of the fender, was lying the unfortunate soldier stone dead in a pool of his own blood.
SECOND outing for Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions and he has succeeded in one thing - killing the occasion stone dead.
DEFIANT Stjarnan boss Runar Pall Sigmundsson last night insisted his diamond geysers can still kill Celtic's Champions League dream stone dead.
All Raheem Sterling needs to do to kill this story stone dead is to say "I am going to sign a new contract and look forward to playing for Liverpool for many years to come.