Dead Easy

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Meaning of Idiom 'Dead Easy'

When something is dead easy it is extremely easy. 1


"I can fix that shelf. It's dead easy."

"That exam is dead easy. You'll pass it with no problem."


Used since the late 1800's.

Similar to the idiom dead wrong this idiom used dead to mean very, extremely, completely, or utterly, as usage that goes back to 1600. 2,3

1. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
2. McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
3. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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