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kill (something) stone dead

To totally halt or end something; to destroy or ruin something utterly. The nasty feedback she got about the painting killed her ambition stone dead. Many thought the rise of digital media formats would kill physical media stone dead, but people have proven that their desire to collect and own something outright often outweighs their desire for convenience.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stone dead

Rur. dead; unquestionably dead; long dead. The cat was stone dead and stiff as a board by the time we got to him. Old Tom is stone dead and in the ground.
See also: dead, stone
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

stone dead

mod. dead; unquestionably dead; long dead. The cat was stone dead and stiff as a board by the time we got to him.
See also: dead, stone
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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He stretched himself out under the bench, did not move a limb, and behaved as if he were stone dead. Mrs Fox went up to her room, shut herself in, and her maid, Miss Cat, sat by the fire, and did the cooking.
Pew was dead, stone dead. As for my mother, when we had carried her up to the hamlet, a little cold water and salts and that soon brought her back again, and she was none the worse for her terror, though she still continued to deplore the balance of the money.
Presently she came upon them, lying in a little open space full under the brilliant light of the moon--little Tarzan's torn and bloody form, and beside it a great bull gorilla, stone dead.
Stooping to examine him, and finding him stone dead, the purveyor supposed that the man had died from the blow he had received; but of course this was a mistake, as you will see from my account, and I only am the murderer; and although I am innocent of any wish to commit a crime, I must suffer for it all the same, or else have the blood of two Musselmans on my conscience.
When consciousness returned, and, as I soon learned, I was down but a moment, I sprang quickly to my feet searching for my sword, and there I found it, buried to the hilt in the green breast of Zad, who lay stone dead upon the ochre moss of the ancient sea bottom.
'Stone dead!' said one of the old women, hurrying in as soon as the door was opened.
The hog, hit by the electric ball, fell stone dead. The Canadian skinned and cleaned it properly, after having taken half a dozen cutlets, destined to furnish us with a grilled repast in the evening.
The limit of this evil time had arrived only when, on the dawn of a winter's morning, Peter Quint was found, by a laborer going to early work, stone dead on the road from the village: a catastrophe explained-- superficially at least--by a visible wound to his head; such a wound as might have been produced--and as, on the final evidence, HAD been-- by a fatal slip, in the dark and after leaving the public house, on the steepish icy slope, a wrong path altogether, at the bottom of which he lay.
There was no more cat concert, and in the morning there lay the two offenders, stone dead. It was marvelous to me.
He thought his love slept sweetly: he finds she is stone dead.
Here was a riderless horse plunging by, and yonder lay Sir Sagramor, stone dead.
'I HAVE heerd say, mim, that the illnesses of some ladies was all pretensions, and that they could faint away, stone dead, whenever they had the inclinations so to do.
That explanation would have killed this irrelevance stone dead at the very outset of the media's interest.
One thing the parliament quite obviously didn't do, which former Labour Defence Secretary George Robertson and others claimed it would, is "kill nationalism stone dead".
The 27-year-old also threatened to kill her "stone dead" if she had been seeing anyone else while he was in prison.