deadly, adverb
Posted: 14 December 2010 11:04 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I don’t think I ever hear “deadly” used as an adverb other than in the phrase “deadly serious”.

Was it once more common?

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Posted: 15 December 2010 06:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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There’s also “deadly accurate”.

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Posted: 15 December 2010 06:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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1589 G. Puttenham Arte Eng. Poesie iii. xviii. 162 He‥ did‥ deadly belie the matter by his description.
1591 Spenser Virgils Gnat 446 Judgement seates, whose Iudge is deadlie dred.
1688 G. Miège Great Fr. Dict. at Slow, He is deadly slow, il est furieusement long.
1703 N. Rowe Ulysses Epil. 31 These Cups are pretty, but they’re deadly dear.
1809 Scott Let. 14 Jan. (1932) II. 150 In this deadly cold weather.
1866 Trollope Belton Estate I. ix. 225 It is so deadly dull.
1878 H. B. Stowe Poganuc People xiii, We were deadly tired.

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