Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dead Man Walking

A dead man walking is a prisoner walking from his prison cell to a place of execution… or informally it is any person who is about to have an unhappy ending or is in trouble, especially someone about to lose their job.

1. He’s a dead man walking. It’s only a matter of time before the boss fires him. He never arrives to work on time and he’s already received many warnings.

2. On the day of my wedding, one of my friends jokingly told me, “Dead man walking”.

3. - I really hate going to the dentist! I have an appointment at 2pm.
    - Dead man walking!

4. The doctor already told you to stay away from greasy food because of your high cholesterol, and now you’re ordering a giant pizza with extra cheese. You’re a dead man walking.


  1. Do you have a similar expression in your own language? Please write it here or on my facebook page :)

  2. I love the examples that you find! Keep up the great work.

  3. Its sad, that u can't use this expression so often, 'cause it doesn't fit always :)

  4. Exactly Paul... that's why it took me a while to think of some examples of my own! However, when the situation arises, we'll know exactly what to say.... it's more of a situation thing, a thing of the moment.