Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dead v.

1. [mid-19C] (US campus) of a student, to fail completely in one’s recitation.

2. [mid–late 19C] (US campus) of a teacher, to make a student botch the recitation.

3. [2000s] (US prison) to remove, to steal.

4. [2000s] (UK black) to die.

5. to kill, to murder.