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  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see dead,‎ men.
  • n. The ends of reefs left flapping instead of being tucked out of sight when a sail has been furled.


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  • The other dead men ran past him, one leaping clear over, and Dead Phil lay twitching on the ground like a broken toy.

    Dead Beat

  • And somewhere in the north, far towards his goal now, rode Janyn Linde, no doubt still smiling, whistling, light of heart, with his two unavoidable dead men behind him, and his sister, who had been nearer to him than any other human creature, nonetheless shrugged off like a split glove.

    The Devil's Novice

  • So there I was, and there also were five dead men — at least, four were dead and the one whom Iqbal had sabred first was lying a little way up the defile, groaning with the side of his skull split.


  • King Hake of Sweden cuts and slashes in battle, as long as he can stand, then orders his war-ship, loaded with his dead men and their weapons, to be taken out to sea, the tiller shipped, and the sails spread; being left alone, he sets fire to some tar-wood, and lies down contented on deck.

    English Traits (1856)

  • Its army of dead men needed to be appeased, and Earth-Shaker entreated too to touch it lightly.

    The King Must Die

  • Although tired, they were inspired by the certainty that dead men have ample rime to rest but that a well-sited obstacle, constructed with depth and strength to sap the enemy's momentum, would save lives in the hours ahead.

    First Clash

  • We went into the second cave, and found the bodies of two dead men from which the flesh was all rotted away; the ribs still hung together complete, and the bones of their hands were folded on their breasts, and they were laid out towards the East, in the way in which one lays bodies in the ground.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • He had a point, but even so, Butters was not someone I would want to see involved in a conflict between people like Grevane and his dead men and his liver-skinned partner.

    Dead Beat

  • According to the reporter, the two dead men in the Johnson County Grocery Store shootings had been identified as Carmody Grumley and B.J. Grumley, both of no fixed address, both known to have organized crime connections and thought to be part of a mobile, shifting culture of strong-armed men used in various mob enterprises over the years.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • After leaving Sötte in good hands, the crew was left the sad job of taking the two dead men — one from Bussard and Unteroffizier Kötter from Falke — to the cemetery.

    Panzer Aces


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  • Taleless.

    September 4, 2008

  • Empty bottles - because they have lost their spirit.

    "Down among the dead men let me lie" = let me get so drunk I fall off my chair.

    June 20, 2008