dead tired

dead tired

Totally exhausted or fatigued. I was dead tired after working my third 12-hour shift in a row.
See also: dead, tired
References in classic literature ?
"Dead tired!"--the servant said to herself, seeing her mistress by the light of the lamp over the gate.
"Dead tired!"--Geoffrey said to himself, observing Hester suspiciously as she passed him in the passage on her way up stairs to take off her bonnet in her own room.
"Dead tired!"--Anne said to herself, meeting Hester on the upper floor, and receiving from her a letter in Blanche's handwriting, delivered to the mistress of the cottage by the postman, who had met her at her own gate.
Writers there are who say the first adventure he met with was that of Puerto Lapice; others say it was that of the windmills; but what I have ascertained on this point, and what I have found written in the annals of La Mancha, is that he was on the road all day, and towards nightfall his hack and he found themselves dead tired and hungry, when, looking all around to see if he could discover any castle or shepherd's shanty where he might refresh himself and relieve his sore wants, he perceived not far out of his road an inn, which was as welcome as a star guiding him to the portals, if not the palaces, of his redemption; and quickening his pace he reached it just as night was setting in.
"Funny, ain't it, you come home so dead tired every night, an' yet any night in the week you can get out an' dance unearthly hours."
I was dead tired, as you may fancy; and when I got to sleep, which was not till after a great deal of tossing, I slept like a log of wood.
There was nothing the matter with them except that they were dead tired. It was not the dead-tiredness that comes through brief and excessive effort, from which recovery is a matter of hours; but it was the dead-tiredness that comes through the slow and prolonged strength drainage of months of toil.
At the end of an hour my head was in a perfect whirl and I was dead tired, fagged out.
He sat down, looking dead tired; the talking on this birthday occasion had, I suppose, been too much for him.
"I'm just coaching the team and not even playing, and I'm dead tired. It's a long day, but I felt like we did a pretty good job.
Baked with love After taking a round of Garni Temple, a Greco-Roman structure built around 1,800 years ago, and the ruins around it, we were dead tired and felt famished.
Now Mills has criticised Boothroyd, who claimed the 19-year-old was 'dead tired' at the start of the tournament.
Dead tired and sometimes with cooking and laundry still to be done, no time is left for family and rest before leaving for work the next morning.
"I was tired - dead tired - but I wanted to play," said Meite (above) after helping lift Reading to 19th, four points above the drop zone.
Then I graduated, started my first 9-5 job, got dead tired all the time and realised I preferred spending days off doing not much.