Dead in the water

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British pronunciation/dˈɛd ɪnðə wˈɔːtə/
American pronunciation/dˈɛd ɪnðə wˈɔːɾɚ/
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used to describe a situation or plan that has come to a complete halt or has become unproductive, with little to no chance of progress or success

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dead in the water definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "dead in the water" and when to use it?

The idiom "dead in the water" has its roots in the practical observation of a vessel that becomes motionless and essentially stuck, resembling a lifeless object floating on the water. This phrase is used in a range of contexts or occasions to describe situations where progress or success has ceased, or where there is a significant obstacle hindering any forward movement. It is commonly employed in business, politics, sports, and everyday conversations.

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The project is dead in the water without proper funding and support.
His career has been dead in the water since he lost his job a year ago.
The negotiations are dead in the water as both sides refuse to compromise.
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