dead set against (someone or something)

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dead set against (someone or something)

Completely opposed to someone or something. Most of the department is dead set against one of our peers becoming our boss, even temporarily. Many people in our small town are dead set against that big construction project, and I think you'll have a hard time changing their minds.
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dead set against someone or something

totally opposed to someone or something. I'm dead set against the new tax proposal. Everyone is dead set against the mayor.
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dead set against

Completely opposed to, as in His parents were dead set against John's taking a year off from college. Set against has been used to mean "opposed to" since the 1400s. Dead acquired the meaning "utterly" in the 16th century.
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dead set against

Unutterably opposed. This Americanism probably comes from industry, where a machine is said to be dead set when it is fastened so that it cannot be made to move. The transfer to firm resolve or hostility against some person, course of action, and so on, was made by the early nineteenth century. “A dead set is to be made from various quarters against the abominable innovation of publishing Divisions by authority” (General P. Thompson, 1836).
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The new store is expected to create 500 to 600 permanent jobs in Red Hook, but some community activists were dead set against it, citing the possibility of traffic gridlock and damage to landmark structures in the historic neighborhood.