dead on arrival


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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
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He had telephoned a friend from Danneman's apartment, saying ``I need help bad, man,'' and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.