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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  • To be used very sparingly or it loses it's meaning. How many girls were drop-dead gorgeous? Maybe one or two per decade. Raquel Welch, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Heddy Lamarr, Carmella Bing?

    January 22, 2013

  • As in "drop-dead gorgeous".

    December 30, 2006