Dead On Your Feet

Also: Dead tired

Meaning

To be dead on your feet means to be very tired. Exhausted. Synonyms are dead tired, dog tired, and worn out.

Examples Of Use

“I have to get some sleep, I worked two shifts and I’m dead on my feet.”

“I finished the race, but I’m dead on my feet.”

Dead on your feet idiom meaning

Origin

This idiom is related to dead tired and both are exaggerated ways of expressing a feeling of tiredness, by comparing it to being dead. This use of ‘dead’ for tired dates back to the early 1800’s while this particular idiom came about in the late 1800’s. The obvious allusion here is no mystery. It alludes to a person who is dead but still standing up. The newer way of expressing the same feeling would be “I feel like a zombie.”

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