To be dead as a doornail

Idiom

To be dead as a doornail

Definition

Used to express that something is completely and utterly finished, or no longer alive.

Examples

The party was dead as a doornail by 10 o’clock.

After the fight, their relationship was as dead as a doornail.

John’s career as an actor was dead as a doornail after the scandal broke.

The old car was dead as a doornail and wouldn’t start.

The team’s morale was dead as a doornail after their losing streak.

Origin

Middle English