taken for dead

taken for dead

appearing to be dead; assumed to be dead. I was so ill with the flu that I was almost taken for dead. The accident victims were so seriously injured that they were taken for dead at first.
See also: dead, taken
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Taken for Dead (Katie Maguire Book 4): Graham Masterton 7.
A faint breath from a body in a British morgue tipped off officials that a 61-year-old woman taken for dead on New Year's Eve was very much alive.