dead meat n.
1. someone who is facing certain death; also in fig. use.
|Joaquin 44: ‘Drop your belts on the ground, or you’re dead meat!’ roared Garcia.|
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 135: If that Mr. Quiet catches us we’re dead meat.‘I Didn’t See a Thing’ in|
|Godfather 94: Sollozzo is dead meat.|
|It (1987) 227: If a car had been coming he would have been dead meat.|
|Pugilist at Rest 14: He was dead meat and he had to know it. It was very strange that he wasn’t hit immediately.|
|Triggerfish Twist (2002) You and that scrawny kid of yours – dead meat!|
2. a corpse.
|L.A. Dly Herald 22 Nov. 7/2: [He] wished he had once more his youthful vigor, and his once trusty sword that he might make dead meat of the obnoxious Teuton.|
|Truth (Sydney) 22 July 1/5: Some Chinese in Maoriland wanted to convey a countryman’s corpse some distance by rail. [...] In vain the Chinkies wanted their dead meat taken along at ordinary luggage rates.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Jan. 32/2: [T]he first of ’em as scratches his nose ’ll be dead meat. March, you gallows-birds, march!|
|Nebraska Advertiser 5 July 4/2: [I] ended by playfully promising to make dead meat of the first one that should spring another accident on Hays.|
|Lincs. Chron. 27 Sept. 3/4: The fourth man remained on guard [...] levelling his revolver at them and threatening to make ‘dead meat’ of them.|
|Cameron Co. Press (Emporium, PA) 24 Dec. 6/3: If he were in too great a haste to make [...] ‘dead meat’ of me, he would have no other opportunity of obtaining the information.|
|DSUE (1984) 295/1: from ca. 1860.|
|‘Fuck Air Board’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 25: And the reason they gave for his being dead meat, / Was that he had fuck all but baked beans to eat.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Under Cover 51: Once they found out, you could be dead meat.|
|It Was An Accident 145: Dead meat if they got me.|
3. a prostitute, esp. an older woman.
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|DSUE (8th edn) 295/1: late C.19–20.|
|Maledicta IX 148: The compilers ought to have looked farther afield and found: […] dead meat (as opposed to fresh meat).|
4. a horse that has no chance of winning a race; thus dead meat market / shop, a race in which the bulk of contestants are thus characterized.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Dec. 20/2: I told him your brother dared not whisper [the name] even in his sleep, until the stable-money was on, for fear of spoiling the market. / ‘Ah, yes, the dead-meat market,’ said Joe, and he went off into another fit of laughter.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 20 Feb. 1/4: These are what we calls the dead ’uns, / What are put in dead meat shops / Where the public goes to back ’em, / And the bookie always cops.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 2 Mar. 4/1: It has long been an open secret that these fleecing fielders live on the ‘dead meat’ supplied by some of their thieving pals where with to plunder the public.|
5. (Aus.) in attrib. use of sense 4.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 20 Feb. 1/4: All the ’tectives they are game ’uns, / But a quidsy does a lot, / So they watch the dead-meat bookie, / And are never on the spot.|
6. the flaccid penis.
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7. a stupid, dull person.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
|At End of Day (2001) 82: He’s dead meat with you thereafter.|
(Aus./N.Z.) an identity tag.
|DNZE].Camps, Tramps and Trenches (1939) 15: Our Dead Meat Tickets (identity discs) were issued [|
|Aussie (France) VIII Oct. 5/1: [cartoon caption] Two kinds of meat ticket. / Waiter: ‘Have you got your meat ticket, sir?’ / Leave-making Digger: ‘Well – yes – but I didn’t know that you had to be identified round these ridges?’.|
|(con. WWI) Somme Mud 58: He is absolutely naked except for his identification disc. ‘Nothing on a but a dead meat ticket.’.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: dead meat ticket. [Ibid.] meat ticket. Identity discs worn by all troops to enable identification by burial parties in the event of their death.|
|H.M.A.S. n.p.: Should we be scuppered, she has her midships stowed full of cork, and with her dead meat ticket lashed to her legs she’ll take her chance with the rest of the mob.‘Jess – A Dhobying Machine’ in|
|(con. 1941) No Medals for Aphrodite 42: Discoloured ‘dead-meat-tickets’ swinging from a greasy cord round his neck.|
|(con. WWII) Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 72/2: meat tickets identity discs worn on neck and wrist, WWII.|
|‘Australian Dict.’ at Joyzine [Internet] dead meat ticket – an identity disc.|