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Dead Set


He made a dead set at her. A pointed or decided determination to bring matters to a crisis. The allusion is to a setter dog that has discovered game, and makes a dead set at it.

To be at a dead set is to be set fast, so as not to be able to move. The allusion is to machinery.

To make a dead set upon someone is to attack him resolutely, to set upon him; the allusion being to dogs, bulls, etc., set on each other to fight.

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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 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 Adder