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dead serious

Very serious. This phrase is usually used as an intensifier to implore the listener to believe the speaker. I'm dead serious—stop playing tricks on me!
See also: dead, 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

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.
See also: serious

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
References in classic literature ?
You should hear the things he says sometimes, apparently in perfect seriousness.
D'ye know, Hump," he said, with a slow seriousness which had in it an indefinable strain of sadness, "that this is the first time I have heard the word 'ethics' in the mouth of a man.
Vronsky openly flirted with Kitty at balls, danced with her, and came continually to the house, consequently there could be no doubt of the seriousness of his intentions.
And when, on the morrow, she presented Elizabeth to me as her promised gift, I, with childish seriousness, interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine--mine to protect, love, and cherish.
It could not be said that she was less playful, whimsical, or natural, than she always had been; but it seemed, her husband thought, as if there were some rather graver reason than he had supposed for what she had so lately said, and as if throughout all this, there were glimpses of an underlying seriousness.
He said that progress of the dialogue in the past period has removed the suspicion on the state seriousness for the national dialogue.
New National Council on Aging Survey Shows Many Seniors Underestimate the Seriousness of the Flu, Largely Unaware of Vaccine Options(1)
No seriousness is being shown and no importance is given to the parliament.
Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday in a telephone conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz on the seriousness of the threat posed by IS gangs not on Iraq but also on the region and the world.
LAKKI MARWAT -- Taking serious notice of the absence of heads of line departments from the meeting of polio eradication committee, Deputy Commissioner Syed Zafar Shah said that eliminating the fatal disease was a national cause and lack of seriousness on part of the government officials in this regard would not be tolerated at all.
Bank guarantee for the seriousness of the bid- original that will be with clauses unconditional, irrevocable and payable at first request.
Synopsis: More than four in 10 Americans say the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, while one in three say it is generally underestimated and about one in four say it is generally correct.
Summary: Ahmad Jarba said Sunday that his National Coalition would return for a second round of "Geneva II" peace talks, challenging world powers to demonstrate the same level of seriousness as his opposition group.
The seriousness of all sides in finalizing the agreed deal should be investigated and studied in the first phase.
I would imagine that if there is seriousness in the desire to reach some kind of situation in which a meaningful dialogue can take place, I think conducive circumstances have to be created, and it will have to be done by both sides," he said while addressing media after the conclusion of the two-day ASEM meet here today.