from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Slang Very impressive; spectacular: "a special video of the best-dressed women making drop-dead, knockout entrances at parties and fashion shows in Paris and New York” ( André Leon Talley).
- adj. Slang Of or relating to a deadline that cannot be changed: a drop-dead date.
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- adj. very impressive or spectacular
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- adv. extremely
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If Congress doesn't reach an agreement by Aug. 2, the so-called drop-dead date as determined by the Treasury Department, the government could find itself unable to meet all its obligations.
From eastern and mid-west woodlands, these native poppy relatives bloom in early spring with flowers made up of layers of satiny white, paper-thin petals that can only be described as drop-dead gorgeous!
Yet he wasn’t what she would call drop-dead gorgeous, or even handsome, at least not in the usual sense, and perhaps that was what appealed to her.
In fact, I question whether any date prior to January 6 is a drop-dead date under the Florida election scheme.
Justice Leander Shaw, in a concurring opinion, declared: In my opinion, December 12 was not a ‘drop-dead’ date under Florida law.
The Guard has some of the best one-liners and drop-dead observations I've heard for a while, but I won't spoil them for you.
You want to look amazing, stunning, drop-dead gorgeous, and—most important—feel comfortable and confident in your wedding gown.
Did you ever notice a stranger from across the room at a party or at a meeting at work who was drop-dead gorgeous, but who, once you got to know him or her better, suddenly wasn't as attractive anymore?
So what if they're drop-dead gorgeous and stinking rich?
"This idea that there is a drop-dead day or hour is ... absolutely counterproductive to doing something that is critically important," Sen. Kent