dead giveaway

a dead giveaway

A clue, detail, action, etc. that obviously reveals something else. Your shoes are totally sticking out of the blankets! That's a dead giveaway that you're planning on sneaking out as soon as mom says good night to us. The homemade card was a dead giveaway that they had forgotten to buy us a gift.
See also: dead, giveaway

dead giveaway

something that reveals a fact or an intention completely. The car in the driveway was a dead giveaway that someone was at home.
See also: dead, giveaway
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At the time, authorities were not certain what exactly Hang sprayed on the produce, but the brown coloration was a dead giveaway.
The trick is to stick to neutral colours and size up, sparing use of fabric is a dead giveaway of a cheap copy.
Firm back soil around newly planted trees and shrubs if they have been lifted by winds - loose soil around the trunk is a dead giveaway.
The black on red background chevrons and regimental title are a dead giveaway.
However, the Tupperware can be a dead giveaway that he may still live at home with mom.
50 The party season pays havoc with our eyes and puffiness under the peepers is a dead giveaway of late-night revelling.
You would have thought the positioning of the 'O' in his surname would have been the dead giveaway (he obviously should have played for Italy).
SEEING the name Sebastian Soderberg heading Top Scandinavian betting is a dead giveaway that all the best Swedes and Danes are staying put after their home game in Malmo last week.
The fact that they were promoting the Greekness of their experience in the middle of Athens should have been a dead giveaway of what we were in for.
He said: "The fact I'm wearing a chick's ring is probably a dead giveaway.
Asked whether he was engaged, the ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' star replied: ''The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway.
The 50-year-old actor said that the fact that he's wearing a chick's ring on his finger was probably a dead giveaway, the Mirror reported.
He says that "having permissions for Touchwiz on an HTC phone is a dead giveaway that Facebook plans on releasing Facebook Home not just on this phone, but as a standalone app in the Play Store.
A dead giveaway are Welsh place names appearing in England, and vice versa.
Considering cigarettes or chew a reward and treat after working hard or doing well at school or at work and making time to take a break and treat yourself is a dead giveaway [of addiction].