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dead on arrival

1. Literally, dead by the time one reaches the hospital. The paramedic wheeling in the gurney said that this guy was dead on arrival.
2. By extension, defunct in the very early stages. It seems like that idea from last week's meeting was dead on arrival—the CEO has already vetoed it.
See also: dead, on
References in classic literature ?
Soon after my arrival, I was told of a circumstance which illustrated their spirit.
Everything that we possessed had to be surrendered to them, including a little house which my father had bought six months after our arrival in St.
The arrival of letters was the grand object of every morning's impatience.
The sensation produced by the presence of the strangers had not in the least subsided at the period of our arrival at the islands.
Altho' Lady Dorothea's visit was nominally to Philippa and Augusta, yet I have some reason to imagine that (acquainted with the Marriage and arrival of Edward) to see me was a principal motive to it.
Upon the whole, it was a comfortable winter to her; for though it brought no William to England, the never-failing hope of his arrival was worth much.
This gentleman had risen early the morning of the day on which this history begins, and had placed himself at the window of his salon, seated upon the ledge, and leaning upon the rail of the balcony, gazing sadly but persistently on both sides of the street, watching, no doubt, for the arrival of the traveler he had mentioned to the host.
No sooner did they hear of the arrival of the party, than they hastened to greet them.
You may guess, therefore, my dear madam, with what feelings I look forward to her arrival.
The question was set at rest by his forethought, disclosed by the arrival of some large packages addressed to her.
Every one looked forward to the hour of arrival, and sought to give the last touch to the doctor's preparations.
To each new arrival Anna Pavlovna said, "You have not yet seen my aunt," or "You do not know my aunt?
That afternoon at the railway station I was surprised and made happy by the unexpected arrival of Miss Margaret Corray and her mother, from Oakland.
The arrival of Mr Jones with his lady at the inn; with a very full description of the battle of Upton.
Princess Shtcherbatskaya wished, above everything, to present her daughter to this German princess, and the day after their arrival she duly performed this rite.