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dead serious

Completely serious, and not joking in any way. This phrase is usually used to implore the listener to believe the speaker. I'm dead serious—stop playing tricks on me!
See also: dead, serious

for serious

slang Really; seriously. Often used as a question. A: "I just got a raise!" B: "For serious? Good for you!" For serious, guys. We're going to have to stay late to get all this work done.
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pose a question

To raise, present, or imply a question of some kind. Modifiers are often used between "pose" and "question" to indicate or specify the type or nature of the questions being raised, presented, or implied. I'd like to pose a question for you: What do we do when this water supply runs out? The report poses several serious questions about the legality of the president's plan.
See also: pose, question

serious about (someone)

Wanting or committed to a permanent or long-term romantic relationship with one. I know he's getting really serious about her. I wouldn't be surprised if he proposed in the next year or two. I don't really want to get serious about anyone during my time in college. I'd rather be free to do as I please.
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get down to some serious drinking

slang To start drinking alcohol, particularly in large quantities. It's been a long week—I'm ready to get down to some serious drinking!
See also: down, drink, get, serious

get serious

1. To adopt a serious attitude or demeanor after having been joking or being silly. Often used as an imperative. Get serious for a minute, will you? This is not something to joke about.
2. To begin to seriously focus on something, especially after having been wasting time or procrastinating. Often used as an imperative. Your book report is due tomorrow—turn off the video games and get serious! I've been dabbling for a while, but I think it's time I got serious as a writer.
3. To realize or accept the truth; to be realistic or practical. Often used as an imperative. Oh, get serious—there's no way you got the job over the CEO's son, no matter how qualified you are.
See also: get, serious

dead serious

absolutely serious; not joking. Tom: You're funning me. Bill: No, I'm dead serious. Mary has threatened divorce a hundred times, but this time she says she's dead serious.
See also: dead, serious

Get serious!

Inf. Get realistic!; Stop horsing around! Oh, come on! Get serious! You don't really mean that!
See also: get

pose a question

to ask a question; to imply the need for asking a question. Genetic research poses many ethical questions. My interviewer posed a hypothetical question.
See also: pose, question

serious about someone

in love with someone; romantically interested in someone. I'm afraid I'm getting serious about Bill. Bill, unfortunately, is pretty serious about Mary.
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get down to some serious drinking

in. to settle down to a long session of drinking. Well, now we can get down to some serious drinking.
See also: down, drink, get, serious

serious

mod. good; profound; excellent. (see also heavy.) Man, these tunes are, like, serious.

serious about someone

mod. in love, or almost in love, with someone. I’m afraid I’m getting serious about Bill.
See also: serious, someone
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Inpatients with psoriasis in the United States also were at greater risk of serious infections, compared with nonpsoriatic inpatients at every time point studied, and serious infections were associated with increased hospital costs, length of stay, and risk of mortality, reported Derek Hsu, a medical student at Northwestern University, Chicago, and his associates.