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1. noun One who is dead upon reaching the hospital. An abbreviation of "dead on arrival." We found one survivor and one DOA.
2. adjective Dead by the time one reaches the hospital. An abbreviation of "dead on arrival." The paramedic wheeling in the gurney said that this guy was DOA.
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1. mod. dead on arrival. (Hospitals. Initialism.) The kid was DOA, and there was nothing anybody could do.
2. n. a person who is dead on arrival at a hospital. They brought in two DOAs Saturday night.
3. n. phencyclidine (PCP). (Because it is deadly.) Stay away from DOA. There’s a good reason why it’s called that.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Acronym for “dead on arrival,” also written D.O.A. The term, dating from the mid-1900s, originally denoted a victim arriving at a hospital or clinic already deceased. Thus T. Flint put it in Emergency Treatment (1958), “Cases in which a spark of life is detected should not be classified as ‘D.O.A.’” Although still used in this sense, more recently the phrase has been extended to other situations. On February 7, 2005, on the PBS news program Lehrer Report, one of the commentators described a provision in President Bush’s new budget as “dead on arrival,” suggesting that it would never be passed by Congress.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer