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Dead-head

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dead-head (U.S.) one who is allowed, without payment, to ride in a public carriage, sit in a theatre, or hold a privilege having a money value
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Quotations

  • Nancy Mitford
    Nancy Mitford
    “An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off: it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some people never head a procession until they're dead.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deád; Goth. dauths, Ger. todt, from root of die.

Usage

In literature:

She neither rose nor turned her head, nor even let go the dead man's hand.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
The whole head of a dead man seems to have vision, and this is awful.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
A dead Christ, the head of which is very impressive, while the rest of the figure is poor.
"The Humour of Homer and Other Essays" by Samuel Butler
Let the dead past bury its tainted dead, Lest aliens at our 'heroes' wag the head.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., Nov. 22, 1890" by Various
Then Grettir drave that same axe into his head so that it stood in the brain, and the house-carle fell dead to earth.
"The Story of Grettir The Strong" by Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
So Sir Pedivere departed, bearing with him the dead lady and her head.
"The Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights" by James Knowles
As a sign, when I am dead, my head shall turn and face towards the castle.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
Leitner of our town was shot in the midst of this deadly shower at the head of his company.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
As he did so, a bottle came whizzing at his head with deadly aim.
"The Boy With the U.S. Census" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Men sometimes suddenly fall down dead; or they are seized with violent shiverings, their hair bristling upon their heads.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
George Nunez brought out the head of Rumi Khan from among the dead, and presented it to Don Juan.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VI" by Robert Kerr
The wolf was quite dead, with its head cleft.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
Muriel rushed to his aid and putting her pistol to the mastiff's head shot it dead.
"The Jungle Girl" by Gordon Casserly
And he that was dead came forth, bound head and foot.
"The World's Fair" by Anonymous
There came Gorvenal, noiseless, the dead man's head in his hands that he might lift his master's heart at his awakening.
"The Romance Of Tristan And Iseult" by M. Joseph Bédier
We were under 2 lower topsails and hove to, the engines going dead slow to assist keeping head to wind.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
As he realized that the other was dead his head suddenly turned.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Slaying his enemies by means of his broad-headed arrows, Aswatthaman soon piled a mountain there of the dead.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The bail passed through his head, and he fell dead on the ground.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
Besides, Penfield bulked big and near at hand, a weapon of the most deadly calibre steadily levelled at the head of his guest.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
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In poetry:

And then she lost her mother,
And thought that she was dead;
Sure there was not another
On whom to lay her head!
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
Away and to his young wife speed,
And say that Honour's dead!
Another word she will not need
To bow a widow's head.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
The grave grows green, the flowers bloom fair,
Above that head;
No sorrowing tint of leaf or spray
Says he is dead.
""Only A Year"" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Oh, there are breasts to bear his head,
And lips whereon his lips can lie,
But I must be till I am dead
Only a cry.
"A Cry" by Sara Teasdale
His shield that made a pillow
Beneath his noble head,
Hath mouldered, quite forgotten,
With the half-forgotten dead.
"The King of Ireland's Cairn" by Anna Johnston MacManus
For God He turned the ball aside
Maclean aimed at her head;
And he felt very angry
Because he didn't shoot her dead.
"Attempted Assassination of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A 54-year-old grandmother is dead and her 13-year-old grandson is in critical condition after a head-on collision on Back Beach Road in Panama City Beach.
VICTORVILLE, California — Authorities say a man drove the wrong way for about 100 mph on a Southern California highway before causing a deadly head-on collision .
Two dead, one seriously injured from apparent head-on collision on NJ Turnpike in Kearny.
An apparent head-on collision on the New Jersey Turnpike in Kearny early yesterday morning left two people dead and a third person seriously injured.
Two men are dead after a head-on collision in Grand Forks County.
With its ever narrowing platform and pontifications the Republicans are headed toward a demographic dead end .
Patrons of Lawndale Art Center got a head start on Día de los Muertos with the center's 25th annual Day of the Dead Gala and Silent Auction.
1 dead, 1 hurt in head -on.
1 dead, 1 hurt in head-on .
DUI suspected in deadly head-on crash near Lincoln.
'Dead' Voter Roll Fight Headed for October Hearing .
The head of the Massachusetts health department said investigators still don't know why state regulators backed off a severe penalty against a pharmacy now implicated in a deadly meningitis outbreak.
Arizona Rep Gabrielle Giffords has announced that she will resign from Congress this week to continue her recuperation from the brain injury she suffered when she was shot in the head early last year in a rampage that left six people dead.
Seeing a dead animal on the side or the middle of the road is far from unusual in Northern Minnesota or Wisconsin, but this strange looking creature would surely turn some heads and make people think to themselves.
In June, a 20-year-old Glendale man was charged with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly striking a woman in the head with a shovel in what police believe was a bath- salt -induced rage.
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In science:

He was struck on the head and he was thrown beneath the wheels. A Dublin doctor was passing in a motor car and stopped to give assistance, but he was pronounced dead within a few minutes.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
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