(as) dead as mutton

(as) dead as mutton

1. Certainly dead. Primarily heard in UK. I poked that squirrel with a stick and, yeah, it's as dead as mutton. A: "Are you sure the goldfish is dead?" B: "Oh yeah—dead as a mutton." Any animal unlucky enough to run out into this busy street will end up dead as a mutton.
2. Totally defunct. Primarily heard in UK. Oh, that idea from last week's meeting is dead as mutton now that the CEO has vetoed it. Good luck getting a refund from that company—it seems to be dead as a mutton these days. His mayoral campaign is likely dead as a mutton now, thanks to this exposé about his shady business dealings.
See also: dead, mutton
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dead as mutton

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
1. If a person or animal is as dead as mutton, they are completely dead. We saw a viper. It was 4 feet long and was as dead as mutton.
2. If something or someone is as dead as mutton, they are no longer active or popular. He advised him that radio was just about to become as dead as mutton because of the advent of television.
See also: dead, mutton
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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