dead on (one's) feet(redirected from dead on his feet)
dead on (one's) feet
1. Near to the point of collapse or losing consciousness (as due to exhaustion or injury) while still remaining on one's feet; just short of being asleep or unconscious. Doctors in training are expected to endure an unbelievable amount of stress and exhaustion. Surely it is counterproductive forcing them to attend each of their patients while they're dead on their feet.
2. All but or as good as defeated; still functioning, but past the point of usefulness or productivity. The company has managed to remain open, but truth be told, it's really been dead on its feet for the last year.
dead on one's feetand dead on its feet
Fig. exhausted; worn out; no longer useful. Ann is so tired. She's really dead on her feet. He can't teach well anymore. He's dead on his feet. This inefficient company is dead on its feet.
dead on your feet
If you are dead on your feet, you are extremely tired. The police were stumbling around, dead on their feet. I'm usually dead on my feet at the end of the game.
dead on your feetextremely tired. informal
This expression was a development from the phrase dead tired , as an exaggerated way of expressing a feeling of exhaustion. Dead is sometimes also used on its own to mean ‘exhausted’.