dead giveaway

Idiom Definition

"a dead giveaway"

an obvious clue

Idiom Definition - dead giveaway


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - dead giveaway

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: How was your date with John?

Friend 2:  It was OK.  John said that he was going to cook for me.

Friend 1:  And?

Friend 2:  The meal was delicious but as I was helping clean up after the meal, I noticed some take-out food containers in the garbage.

Friend 1: Well, that's a dead giveaway that John didn't actually cook the meal.

Friend 2:  I guess it was obvious.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - dead giveaway

Two plant managers are talking ...

Manager 1:  Have you noticed any strange behavior in the employees lately?

Manager 2:  I have. They have been acting strange, slowing down their work speed and having secret meetings.

Manager 1:  I saw a union organizer in the parking lot the other day.

Manager 2:  Well, there's the dead giveaway that the employees are planning to unionize.

a dead giveaway - Usage:


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a dead giveaway - Gerund Form:

Smiling while playing a game of poker might be a dead giveaway that you have a good hand.

a dead giveaway - Examples:

1)  Apparently my area code is a dead giveaway that I'm among the living. Who knew.

2)  I've learned that chipped nail polish is a dead giveaway that you're not taking enough time for yourself.

3)  I suspected right away that it was Holland; all those tulips were a dead giveaway.

4)  Of course, most of these occur in Disc 1, which is a dead giveaway that there's more to come.

5)  That's what they call overcompensation, and it's a dead giveaway; it's the "tell".

6)  Yandy has several other sexy costumes that appear to be unlicensed - a dead giveaway is when they have a generic name.

7)  Students have to go back to the home screen, which is a dead giveaway that they are doing something they shouldn't.

8)  T-shirts with band names or pictures on them may be a dead giveaway to what he's interested in, so keep your eyes peeled.

9)  The tape on this wall doesn't just look unattractive. It's a dead giveaway that at some point water leaked in through this window.

10)  The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance.

11)  They all said they were on the "dole". That was a dead giveaway right there. What person, born after WWII, uses the term "dole"?

12)  The smoke and flames would be kind of a dead giveaway to stay away from the vehicle.

13)  The name-calling here is a dead giveaway to a lack of thinking things through.

14)  The fact that the headline was silent about party affiliation is a dead giveaway as to party affiliation.

15)  Safari puts on links and buttons when they are clicked? It is a dead giveaway that your app is not native?

16)  This verbal Niagara is a dead giveaway of someone not properly prepared by taking media training.

17)  Yes, someone just tried to scam me as well. A dead giveaway is the pause and echo signalling an overseas call.

18)  Rosemary on a cake is always a dead giveaway for it being Italian.

19)  The stares are a dead giveaway. Not many Westerners get on this bus.

20)  The footprint is a dead giveaway the mission was faked.