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    hhtt21 is offline Key Member
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    as good as dead

    "The man was as good as dead when we found him."

    Would you explain how a person can be as good as dead. I think situation is preposterious because a person could be alive or dead not between them.

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    Re: as good as dead

    "As good as dead" is a way of saying that the person is found in a near death condition. It is felt that even if the person recovers from the injuries, he won't have a good quality of life afterward. (Note: "afterward" is AE and Canadian English, whereas "afterwards" is BE".)

    This phrase could also be used as a threat.

    "You stole money from the mafia! You are as good as dead when they find out you did it."

    "You are a dead man" has a similar meaning in the same context.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Aug-2017 at 20:16. Reason: Fixed punctuation.
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    Re: as good as dead

    It's a way to say he was very nearly dead.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: as good as dead

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    preposterious
    This is not a word in English.

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