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    as dead as

    In the TV program, what I hear is as follows:
    "Now, what's the most famous of all extinct species? Surely it has to be the dodo, as in dead as. Dodos lived on the island of Mauritius and are thought to have grown to a large size."


    I am not sure whether I am right in terms of the underlined bold part?

    Can any native help me to figure it out?

    Thanks!

    Jason
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    Re: as dead as

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    There is an English phrase "dead as a dodo".
    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...dead-as-a-dodo

    Your example means: Surely it has to be the dodo, as in the phrase "dead as a dodo".

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    Re: as dead as

    Correctly written, this would be something like, "Surely it has to be the dodo, as in 'dead as...'." But you don't have that clue in a sound file.

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    Re: as dead as

    Thank you, both.

    In the sound file, I think the broadcaster should have said "Surely it has to be the dodo, as in 'dead as a dodo'". Why do I only hear "as in 'dead as' ? Did I miss something? Do you hear the same sentence as me?

    Jason

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    Re: as dead as

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    In the sound file, I think the broadcaster should have said "Surely it has to be the dodo, as in 'dead as a dodo'". Why do I only hear "as in 'dead as' ? Did I miss something? Do you hear the same sentence as me?

    Jason
    The phrase is so well known in English that the broadcaster did not need to complete it. He had used the word 'dodo' only a second or two before.

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    Re: as dead as

    People sometimes only give a part of an idiom if it is very well known.

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    Re: as dead as

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    People sometimes only give a part of an idiom if it is very well known.
    The same goes for proverbs.

    'If the cap fits...' 'Too many cooks...'

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    Re: as dead as

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The same goes for proverbs.

    'If the cap fits...' 'Too many cooks...'
    The shoe fits here in AmE.

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