dead in the water

dead in the water
phrasal
1. : incapable of being effective : stalled

peace talks were dead in the water

most books are dead in the water long before their publication date — Phillip Lopate

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dead in the water
1. (of a ship) without the power to move
2. Unable to make progress or succeed (figurative)
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Main Entry:dead

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dead in the water phrase
completely unlikely to succeed

The peace process is now dead in the water.

Thesaurus: likely to failsynonym
Main entry: dead

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(of a ship) unable to move
figurative unable to function effectively

the economy is dead in the water

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dead in the water
informal : not making any progress : not having any chance of success

The peace talks were dead in the water.

His election campaign is dead in the water.

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Main Entry:dead
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dead in the water — see dead, 1
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Main Entry:water

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ˌdead in the ˈwater f26 idiom
a person or plan that is dead in the water has failed and has little hope of succeeding in the future

His leadership campaign is dead in the water.

Main entry:deadidiom

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