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be as dead as a dodo

To be outdated or unpopular. The "dodo" is a now-extinct bird. Although popular in the 1970s, disco music is as dead as a dodo today.
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(as) dead as a dodo

Outdated or unpopular. The "dodo" is a now-extinct bird. Although popular in the 1970s, disco music is as dead as a dodo today.
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*dead as a dodo

 and *dead as a doornail; deader than a doornail
dead; no longer in existence. (*Also: as ~.) That silly old idea is dead as a dodo. When I tried to start my car this morning, I discovered that the battery was deader than a doornail.
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go the way of the dodo

 and go the way of the horse and buggy
Fig. to become extinct; to become obsolete. The floppy disc has gone the way of the horse and buggy.
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dead as a doornail

Also, dead as a dodo or herring . Totally or assuredly dead; also finished. For example, The cop announced that the body in the dumpster was dead as a doornail, or The radicalism she professed in her adolescence is now dead as a dodo, or The Equal Rights Amendment appears to be dead as a herring. The first, oldest, and most common of these similes, all of which can be applied literally to persons or, more often today, to issues, involves doornail, dating from about 1350. Its meaning is disputed but most likely it referred to the costly metal nails hammered into the outer doors of the wealthy (most people used the much cheaper wooden pegs), which were clinched on the inside of the door and therefore were "dead," that is, could not be used again. Dead as a herring dates from the 16th century and no doubt alludes to the bad smell this dead fish gives off, making its death quite obvious. Dead as a dodo, referring to the extinct bird, dates from the early 1900s.
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see under dead as a doornail.

dead as a dodo

If something is as dead as a dodo, it is no longer active or popular. The foreign exchange market was as dead as a dodo. Note: The dodo was a large flightless bird that lived on the islands of Mauritius and Réunion. It became extinct in the late 17th century as a result of hunting and the destruction of its nests by pigs belonging to settlers on the islands.
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dead as a doornail

1. If a person or animal is as dead as a doornail, they are completely dead. From the start of the movie it is clear that she will be as dead as a doornail by the time the credits roll.
2. If something or someone is as dead as a doornail, they are no longer active or popular. My $2,500 computer was dead as a doornail. Nobody will hire him now. He's finished. Dead as a doornail. Note: It is not certain what `doornail' actually refers to. In medieval times, it may have been the plate or knob on a door which was hit by the knocker. It was thought that anything that was struck so often must have been dead. Alternatively, doornails may have been the thick nails which were set into outer doors. It is not clear why these nails should be described as `dead'.
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dead as a (or the) dodo

1 no longer alive. 2 no longer effective, valid, or interesting. informal
The name dodo comes from Portuguese duodo meaning ‘simpleton’. It was applied to the large flightless bird of Mauritius because the bird had no fear of man and so was easily killed, being quickly wiped out by visiting European sailors. The dodo's fate has made it proverbial for something that is long dead and the name has been used metaphorically for an old-fashioned, stupid, or unenlightened person since the 19th century.
2000 John Caughie Television Drama The once pleasant family hour is now as dead as a dodo.
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dead as a doornail (or as mutton)

completely dead.
A doornail was one of the large iron studs formerly often used on doors for ornamentation or for added strength; the word occurred in various alliterative phrases (e.g. deaf as a doornail and dour as a doornail ) but dead as a doornail is now the only one in common use.
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(as) dead as a/the ˈdodo

(informal) no longer in existence; very old-fashioned: Old business practices are as dead as a dodo in the computer age.
The dodo was a large bird that could not fly. It is now extinct (= it no longer exists).
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(as) ˌdead as a ˈdoornail

(informal) completely dead
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n. a very stupid person. What a dumb-dodo you are!

dead as a doornail

Undoubtedly dead.
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Extinct - C4 EVEN more disturbing than the fact that dodo is Dutch for 'Fat Bum, ' was the statistic that 99.
FLOCK OF DODOS sets flight for Washington DC on February 15 for special screenings on Capitol Hill and the Avalon Theatre.
SCIENTISTS hope an island fossil find will reveal new secrets on the dodo.
Dodos became extinct on Mauritius during the 1680s, only 80 years after Europeans landed on the island.
Olson draws on basic aspects of evolution as metaphors, including the extinct dodo, which he suggests symbolizes what happens to those unable to change with their environment.
The show follows the antics of Rocky the dodo and his pals Elvis, Astra, Bill and Tantra.
RARE dodo bones are to go on sale for the first time in nearly 80 years.
A dodo bone and an elephant bird egg are among the objects leading a natural history sale at Christie's auctioneers in April.
With his new friend, 3R-V, a robot-spaceship from the future, Cosmo hopes to find other dodos like himself somewhere in the universe.
Magnum @ Parc &Dare, Treorchy (Friday) * YOU may think hoary old rockers who sing about goblins would be as fashionable as dodos in velvet loon pants.
Dodos were about 3ft tall and were decimated by the arrival of sailors in Mauritius.
Dodos would have weighed around 50 pounds, and had grey plumage, a nine-inch beak with a hooked point, tiny wings and a tuft of curly rear feathers.
Joined by former heavy metal drummer Logan Kroeber to form The Dodos, the duo's forceful and infectious UK debut, last year's The Visiter, successfully fused Western pop, Delta blues and American folk with a driving rhythmic heart.
intelligent design debate, A FLOCK OF DODOS comes from a filmmaker and evolutionary biologist who makes fun of jargon, science, and religion alike.