dead set adj.
1. fully committed.
|Nantucketisms 41: Dead set, determined.|
|Big Ask 78: Naturally you’ll want to run the tape over us, see if we’re dead-set.|
|Thrill City [ebook] She was deadset she was going to write the Great Australian Novel.|
2. (Aus./US) superlative, in both positive and negative uses.
|McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 78: Personally, I’m a dead-set vegetarian.|
|Glass Canoe (1982) 66: Ernie was a dead set prick — we all thought so.|
|Real Thing 94: Les. You’ve done it again [...] You’re a dead-set genius.|
|How to Shoot Friends 131: Andy was a dead set menace.|
|Lockie Leonard, Legend (1998) 188: Vicki’s right. You’re a deadset legend.|
|Sucked In 104: It was a dead-set certainty that we’d lose the next state election.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Some of the most dead set crims, vicious, you’d ever want to keep away from.‘Some Protection’ in|
a committed individual, irrespective of moral standpoint.
|Illus. London News 17 Sept. 8/1: The man who looks you thro’ and thro’, / With, ’I’m as good a man as you’ — / A flash, bold, slang, dead-setter.|
totally hostile towards.
|Court Reports in Boston Morn. Post 31: Touching the court—the law, or what is worse, the judge, is dead set against the ‘nuisance’.|
|Characters and Incidents 5: A good author has published a stupid book; everybody is dead set against it.|
|Forestry 3 146: What’s the use? Corn only thirty cents. Everything is dead set against the farmer.|
|Deseret Wkly (UT) 5 July 63/3: The Free Church is dead set against their claims.|
|Sporting Times 18 Mar. 1/5: One of the best known publicans in Adelaide has, according to the ‘The Bulletin,’ long made a dead-set against barmaids.|
|N.Y. Eve. Journal 7 Oct. in Unforgettable Season (1981) 297: Manager McGraw and Secretary Knowles are personally ‘dead set’ against giving [...] the Cubs a chance.|
|Mansfield (OH) News 7 Dec. 10?/ 3: The Clean Language League of America, which is plum nuts about being dead set against slang, cuss words, risque stories, [etc.].|
|Burnley News 15 Aug. 2/4: The Football Association have always been dead-set against gambling.|
|Lucifer with a Book 88: Mr. Pilkey was dead set against division of the sexes at any faculty function.|
|Gidget (2001) 23: He was dead set against the whole caboodle.|
fascinated by, obsessed with, in love with, determined.
|Story of Kennett 290: If he’'s dead-set on the wrong side, why, she ’s jist as dead-set on the right side.|
|Josh Hayseed in N.Y. 34: I was dead sot [sic] on seein’ the court house.|
|Cincinnati Commercial Gazette 17 Mar. 15/1: He is dead set on the club’s pulling down the Association pennant [DA].|
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 41: Miss Fannie was dead set on havin all de folks bring dere kids and dere presents to our tree.|
|Powers That Prey 119: If y’ ain’t dead set on bein’ sorry to part with her, y’ can git away from that door.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 27 July 32/1: More steam! I guess she’s drivin’ / Clean through the sloppy swells, / She’s that dead set on drivin’ / She thinks of nothin’ else.|
|Gentleman of Leisure Ch. ix: I want to marry one girl, and my uncle’s dead set on my marrying another.|
|Iron Man 13: He ain’t dead set on winning from Mason, here.|
|(con. 1890s) Pictures in the Hallway 8: But the O’Briens, the Dillons, and the Healeys [...] were dead set on making an end of him.|
|Of Love And Hunger 10: He was dead-set on showing-off his wife to me.|
|Und. Nights 43: Peter [...] chummed up with another bloody-minded character, one Joe Tasker, who was also dead set on getting his discharge.|