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 Dead Hand (A).Dead Heat. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dead-heads,
 
in theatrical language, means those admitted by orders without payment. They count for nothing. In the United States, persons who receive something of value for which the taxpayer has to pay.   1
   In nautical language, a log floating so low in the water that only a small part of it is visible.   2
 


 Dead Hand (A).Dead Heat. 

 
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