dead as a door nail

Explanation: What is an idiom?

completely dead, with no chance of recovery.


"Guess what happened to me yesterday?"

"How many chances do I get?"
"Oh shut up. I came back from Italy, from that business trip I had."

"What, the one where you went to see Oxford play Juventus, yeah I know."

"Yeah well, I arrived in Stansted at midnight, went to the car, tried to start it. Nothing."


"Yep. Dead as a doornail."

"How come?"

"I'd left the bloody lights on all day hadn't I?"

"You pillock. What did you do?"

"Well, I had to get the blokes up at the car park headquarters to get a van out to give me a jump start."

"How much did that cost?"

"Well this is the funny thing. It's free."


"Yeah. Pint?"


Nails used to be made by hand and were therefore valuable. When an old building was torn down, carpenters often tried to get the nails and re-use them. However, nails that were bent over or not correctly hammered in the first time, were not able to be recovered. They were useless or 'dead' because of this.

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