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Dead Ropes

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Those which are fixed or do not run on blocks; so called because they have no activity or life in them.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Dead Languages
Dead Letter
Dead-letter Office (The)
Dead Lift
Dead Lights
Dead Lock
Dead Men
Dead Men’s Shoes
Dead Pan (The)
Dead Reckoning
Dead Ropes
Dead Sea
Dead-Sea Fruit
Dead Set
Dead Shares
Dead Water
Dead Weight
Dead Wind (A)
Dead Wood
Dead Works
Deaf