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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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