Phrase: As dead as a doornail (or as mutton)
Meaning: Completely dead.
When I arrived there, he was as dead as a doornail.
You forgot to water the plants, and now they are as dead as mutton.
Colonialism should be as dead as the dodo (ie, dead and buried), but this is not so, at least, in the Kingdom of Castile and in France.
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