Like death warmed over
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British pronunciation/lˈaɪk dˈɛθ wˈɔːmd ˈəʊvə/
American pronunciation/lˈaɪk dˈɛθ wˈɔːɹmd ˈoʊvɚ/
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extremely unwell or tired

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like death warmed over definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "like death warmed over" and when to use it?

The idiom "like death warmed over" originated as a vivid and exaggerated way to describe someone who appears extremely sick, pale, or unwell. It is a figurative expression that suggests a person's appearance is reminiscent of someone who has recently returned from the state of death. It is used to emphasize a person's extremely unwell or unhealthy appearance. It suggests that the person looks very pale, thin, or exhausted, as if they have been through a tough time.

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After running a marathon, John felt like death warmed over, with sore muscles and complete exhaustion.
Anna had been up all night studying for her exams, and when she came to class, she looked like death warmed over.
Andy had a fever and a bad case of the flu, and he spent the entire weekend feeling like death warmed over, unable to get out of bed.
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