(US) in earnest, sincerely, straightforwardly, honestly.
|Checkers 36: Say, on the dead, I’m glad to see you.|
|Sandburrs 96: On d’ dead! I was farmer enough to t’ink I’d t’ank him for bein’ me guide.‘Politics’ in|
|Shorty McCabe 198: On the dead now, I don’t care so much about loomin’ up in the picture.|
|Wash. Post 28 June 6/6: But, say, my picture, on the dead, / Ain’t been in any pape.|