dead beat
dead beat dead` beat" (d[e^]d`b[=e]t"), deadbeat dead"beat`(d[e^]d"b[=e]t`). a loafer, sponger, or swindler; especially, one who does not pay his debts. Same as {Beat}, n., 7. [Low, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

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  • dead|beat — «DEHD BEET», adjective. 1. making successive beats with intervals of rest and no recoil, as the mechanism of a watch. 2. Physics. stopping with little or no oscillation, as the needle of certain compasses; free from oscillation. dead beat «DEHD… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead-beat — dead beatˈ adjective (informal) Quite overcome, exhausted • • • Main Entry: ↑dead …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead beat — adjective never before noun MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL extremely tired …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dead-beat — also dead beat ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ If you are dead beat, you are very tired and have no energy left. [INFORMAL] Syn: shattered …   English dictionary

  • dead beat — see dead beat …   English dictionary

  • dead-beat — /ˈdɛd bit/ (say ded beet) adjective of or relating to an escapement or controlling device in which there is no recoil of the moving part from the shock of contact with the locking device, as in a clock, inverter, etc. {dead (def. 10b) + beat} …   Australian English dictionary

  • dead beat — Canadian Slang someone who is good for nothing, a bum …   English dialects glossary

  • dead beat — worthless; exhausted, very tired, worn out …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dead beat — informal completely exhausted. → deadbeat …   English new terms dictionary

  • dead beat — noun (C) AmE informal 1 someone who is lazy and who has no plans in life 2 someone who avoids paying their debts …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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