Definitions of dead set:
  • noun:   (hunting) The rigid pose a hunting dog assumes when pointing out game to a hunter.
  • noun:   A fixed or stationary condition arising from obstacle or hindrance; a deadlock.
  • noun:   (figuratively, by extension) A determined effort.
  • noun:   A pointed and persistent attack on a person.
  • adjective:   Unswervingly dedicated; resolutely determined.
  • adjective:   (Australia, colloquial) Complete and utter; total.

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