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doornail

1. A large-headed nail against which the knocker strikes.
2. A large-headed nail used to decorate or strengthen a door.
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You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a doornail. (1) (12) The startling similarity between De Quincey and Dickens's joint use of "dead as a door-nail" in their respective opening paragraphs certainly may have struck attentive mid-century readers.
In 1350 an anonymous poet, describing the hunting of a deer, wrote: "And happened that I hitt him be-hynde the left sholdire./Ded as a dorenail was he fallen." A doornail was a large-headed nail or bolt with which long-ago carpenters studded doors to strengthen and decorate them.
Horn further testified that Alexander "may have" been dead as a doornail at the time the gunshot was inflicted, and ruled Alexander's death a homicide.
Even though I'm only 10; I've rescued four cats since I came to Dubai and have seen lots more, some skinny and frail, and others as dead as a doornail. So please, don't just take this message for granted.
After World War II Nietzsche came to the universities thanks to Walter Kaufmann, who somehow succeeded in turning Nietzsche, by then said by a nameless professor to be "dead as a doornail," into an "indispensable philosopher for postwar American life." His translations of all Nietzsche's books, plus a work of interpretation published in 1956, gave him "hegemony" over English-language Nietzsche studies despite the prevalence of analytic philosophy in that time.
Warns Israel Over Bill to Limit Foreign Funding to NGOs [Haaretz] Earlier: The Peace Process Is Like a Doornail
WHY do we use the phrase dead as a doornail? - Maddy Smith, Dudley, West Mids
But that's all ancient history now, deader than a doornail in the imaginary land of its former existence, Amerika, which deflects and then absorbs its critics and marginal men by enriching them, just one of its many vast assimilative powers.
With Brown's victory, PPACA appeared to be dead as a doornail,
It was dead as a doornail. And it took a naif like Michael Butler to bring in Tom O'Horgan and to bring in nudity.
Even otherwise taking a holistic view, dominant element in the Judicial Commission, where the nominations are to be effectively finalised, being the sitting Chief Justice aided by his senior associates, it seems somewhat pernickety to make an issue of an inconsequential provision which in any case in practical terms one sees destined to remain dead as a doornail, and the Hon'ble Judicial Commission having the last laugh.
"If you have a base metal project, other than a large copper project like Pebble, the markets are dead as a doornail," he said.