Doornail, Dead as a

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  1. Dan Schwartz:

    Dickens discussed the matter in the first chapter of “A Christmas Carol”:

    Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

    Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

    It doesn’t change anything you said, but it’s what comes to my mind when I think of the phrase, and I was a little surprised you didn’t mention it.

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