Definitions

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  • n. The rigid pose a hunting dog assumes when pointing out game to a hunter.
  • n. By extension, a determined effort.
  • adj. unswervingly dedicated; resolutely determined

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Set.
  • n. A concerted scheme to defraud by gaming; a determined onset.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fixed position of a dog in pointing game.
  • n. A determined effort or attempt; a pointed attack: as, to make a dead-set in a game.
  • n. Opposition; resolute antagonism; hostility: as, it was a dead-set between them.
  • n. A concocted scheme to defraud a person in gaming. Grose, Slang Diet.
  • Extremely desirous of, or determined to get or to do, something: generally with on or upon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. fixed in your purpose

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Examples

  • That set the fire-bells ringing from Charleston to the Gulf, and with the South suddenly dead set against annexation — why Canada never did join the U.S.A., did she?

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • If Bruce knew the Taipings were dead set on Shanghai, he'd have time to reinforce, perhaps even send for Grant.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • While she wouldn't try to force Richard into something he was dead set against, that didn't preclude her from trying to change his mind.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • If we could give everybody in town the idea that we, the Selectmen, were dead set against this kind of thing, it might help.

    Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry

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