be dead and buried

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be dead and buried

To be completely gone or defunct. The phrase can refer to one who has literally died and been buried, as well as to failures. Their father is dead and buried, but they still complain about him daily. Oh, that idea from last week's meeting is dead and buried now that the CEO has vetoed it.
See also: and, bury, dead
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In fact, the guidelines didn't even emerge until Rezulin had been on the market for eight months, and only after the first liver-failure victims were dead and buried.