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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dead Shares.
In theatrical sharing companies three or more supernumerary shares are so called. The manager has one or more of these shares for his expenses; a star will have another; and sometimes a share, or part of a share, is given to an actor who has brought down the house, or made a hit.   1

 Dead Set.Dead Water. 


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