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    dead awhile

    Hi

    She had been dead awhile they say.

    In my view it says she had been dead for a short time, meaning they killed her not a long time ago? You agree?

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    Re: dead awhile

    Without knowing the context, to my mind "dead awhile" means for an extended period of time. Rigor mortis has probably set in.

    For example, police break into an apartment at the request of a relative who has been phoning the resident without any answer. Police find the resident's body and do some preliminary checking - is his skin cold? Are his limbs stiff? Their immediate conclusion (before a medical examiner gives an expert opinion) would be that the resident "has been dead a while." If the person had died very recently, the comments regarding the body would reflect such. "He's still warm, he wasn't killed that long ago."

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    Re: dead awhile

    Hi

    For example:

    Debby's body was found the next morning. But you said she'd been dead awhile. Maybe she was killed the night before. The same night Peterson was. His body was probably found that same morning too.

    So "awhile" in this case would mean "some time ago"?
    As for "the night before" = previous night, right?

    So she was found in the morning (someone said she had been dead for some time) and maybe she was killed last night.
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    Re: dead awhile

    Correct.

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    Re: dead awhile

    So as you suggested in your previous post "awhile" in the context I gave would mean for an "extended period of time".

    But if someone is killed, say, on Tuesday night and is found on Wednesady morning, would you say he/she was dead awhile (for quite some time).
    I would say it's a short time :)

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