Dead in the Water (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Dead in the Water"?

Dead in the water means to have no momentum or chance of progression. It is a nautical term, which originally referred to a motionless sail ship on windless day, which appeared to be dead in the water.

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