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    "want you for dead" = "want you dead" ??

    "want you for dead" has exactly the same meaning as "want you dead"?? In some songs, I saw "want you for dead." It is correct to use "FOR"??

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    "dont want you for dead but i want you to die"
    Music: Where Is She?
    Band: The Killers

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    "Iron Maiden wants you for dead."
    Music: Iron Maiden
    Band: Iron Maiden


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    Re: "want you for dead" = "want you dead" ??

    Occasionally, in songwriting, writers add meaningless syllables for meter or rime, e.g. Bod Dylan's "bury the rag deep in your face" in "The lonesome ballad of Hattie Caroll."

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    Re: "want you for dead" = "want you dead" ??

    But in the song "iron maiden", for example, "for" does not change the meaning of the phrase? "wants you for dead" = "want you dead", in this song??
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    Re: "want you for dead" = "want you dead" ??

    There is no change in meaning, or not one that I am aware of. "I want you for dead" is not idiomatic. Google it and you find only the two songs you mention. That means it's not a common phrase.

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    Re: "want you for dead" = "want you dead" ??

    someone else can give opinion?

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    Re: "want you for dead" = "want you dead" ??

    Quote Originally Posted by BRENOIRONMAIDEN View Post
    someone else can give opinion?
    I think the ones you got are quite reliable. ;)

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