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Deadwood   /dˈɛdwˌʊd/   Listen

A branch or a part of a tree that is dead.
Someone or something that is unwanted and unneeded.  Synonym: fifth wheel.

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"Deadwood" Quotes from Famous Books

... seein' McKinstry and Harrison allus fightin' and scrimmagin' over their boundary line. Soppose I kalkilated that it warn't the sort o' thing to induce folks to settle here. Soppose I reckoned that by gettin' the real title in my hands I'd have the deadwood on both o' them, and settle the thing my own ...
— Cressy • Bret Harte

... telling you that an individual on becoming a corpse would simultaneously become powerless and senseless. He credited your intelligence for something. For contrast, take the immortal work entitled Deadwood Dick of Deadwood; or, The Picked Party; by Edward L. Wheeler, a copy of which has just come to my attention again nearly thirty years after the time of my first reading of it. Consider ...
— A Plea for Old Cap Collier • Irvin S. Cobb

Words linked to "Deadwood" :   branch, fifth wheel, redundancy, redundance

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