dead man n.
1. [late 17C+] (orig. milit.) an empty bottle.
2. [late 18C–19C] a baker; ‘Properly speaking, it is an extra loaf smuggled into the basket by the man who carries it out, to the loss of the master.’ (Hotten, 1864).
3. [late 19C] a scarecrow, esp. when made in the trad. manner of old clothes stuffed with straw.
4. [1930s] (Irish) a weekly insurance collector, whose policy pays off when one is dead.
5. [1980s] (N.Z.) any large object (a baulk of timber, a steel stanchion, a lump of concrete etc) used as an anchor for hawsers, guy-ropes etc.
6. see dead president under dead adj.
[mid-19C] very drunk.
SE in slang uses
[1960s–70s] (US black) false teeth.
[1980s+] (N.Z.) steamed (currant) roll pudding.
[1980s+] (N.Z.) stewed dried apricots.
1. [mid-19C+] a poker hand of mixed aces and eights or jacks and (red) sevens or eights.
2. [1960s] bad luck.
[1980s+] (N.Z.) a round, steamed plum pudding, eaten hot or cold.
1. [1980s] (Aus.) meat-loaf.
2. [1980s+] jam roly-poly.
see deadman choppers