What is the origin of the phrase dead easy?
The origin of the phrase 'dead easy comes from the English language. The term dead actually meant 'simple' or 'completely' and dates back to the 14th century with this usage.
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Courtesy of the Word Detective:. "Dead to rights" is indeed an odd expression, dating at least to the mid-19th century, when it was first collected in a glossary of underworl…d slang ("Vocabulum, or The Rogue's Lexicon," by George Matsell, 1859). The first part of the phrase, "dead," is a slang use of the word to mean "absolutely, without doubt." This use is more commonly heard in the UK, where it dates back to the 16th century, than in the US. "Dead" meaning "certainly" is based on the earlier use of "dead" to mean, quite logically, "with stillness suggestive of death, absolutely motionless," a sense we still use when we say someone is "dead asleep." The "absolutely, without doubt" sense is also found in "dead broke" and "dead certain.". The "to rights" part of the phrase is a bit more complicated. "To rights" has been used since the 14th century to mean "in a proper manner," or, later, "in proper condition or order," a sense we also use in phrases such as "to set to rights," meaning "to make a situation correct and orderly" ("Employed all the afternoon in my chamber, setting things and papers to rights," Samuel Pepys, 1662). In the phrase "caught dead to rights," the connotation is that every formality required by the law has been satisfied, and that the apprehension is what crooks in the UK used to call a "fair cop," a clean and justifiable arrest. ("Cop," from the Latin "capere," to seize, has long been used as slang for "to grab" as well as slang for a police officer.) Of course, there's many a slip 'twixt the cop and the lips of the jury, so we shall see. Wake me when it's over.. Share this article!
People would be buried with a rope leading from inside the coffin to a bell above the ground. This enabled anyone who was buried alive to ring the bell and to draw attention t…o the mistake. Since people would not expect to see their 'dead' loved ones again, a person resembling the deceased is a 'dead ringer'. This is also reputed to be the origin of the expression 'graveyard shift' because people from the village used to take it in turns to listen for the bell. According to The Phrase Finder: A ringer is a horse substituted for another of similar appearance in order to defraud the bookies. The word originated in the US horse-racing fraternity at the end of the 19th century. The word is defined for us in a copy of the Manitoba Free Press from October 1882: "A horse taken through the country and trotted under a false name and pedigree if called a 'ringer.'" This source also discounts the graveyard as the source of the phrase "saved by the bell" I'm only nine so it means buried alive.
The phrase dead giveaway originated in 1882, likely somewhere inthe West. The word dead meant something was sure or absolute.Giveaway meant something was revealed or betrayed.… So came thephrase dead giveaway for something that was immediately recognized.
1996 Summer Olympics when Kerri Strug was preparing to do a vault with a broken ankle, the camera flashed to her coach, Bela Karolyi shouting "You can do it!" With a Russian a…ccent. It was parodied shortly thereafter by numerous Adam Sandler films, most recognizably Rob Sneider's line in "The Water Boy".
easy come, easy go . easy on the eye . easy for you to say . easy money . easy street . easy as pie . easy target
As in easy mac, easy listening, easy buttons...ect
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The "dead" of winter means the very middle, where everything seems cold and dead.
A 'dead man walking' is a person freely walking and moving (i.e. alive) but certainly very soon-to-be killed.
Yes, he died at the age of 31, soon after he was diagnosed with AIDS.
In Word and Phrase Origins
It's a saying that was used to tell someone they are disowned or would never be seen or heard again. They choose to behave as if you were dead and they will never see you a…gain in their lifetime
In Word Play, Puns, and Oxymorons
the dead is dead
The phrase Speak Easy means an establishment that illegally sells alcohol and became very popular during the prohibition years. Another term for Speak Easy is Blind Pig or Bl…ind Tiger.
The phrase "easy come, easy go" means that someone or something that can come into your life with ease can also leave your life with just the same amount of effort.
The Dead Sleep Easy was created in 2008.