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 for To make a dead set
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Set \Set\, n.
     1. The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body;
        descent; hence, the close; termination. "Locking at the
        set of day." --Tennyson.
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              The weary sun hath made a golden set. --Shak.
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     2. That which is set, placed, or fixed. Specifically:
        (a) A young plant for growth; as, a set of white thorn.
        (b) That which is staked; a wager; a venture; a stake;
            hence, a game at venture. [Obs. or R.]
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                  We will in France, by God's grace, play a set
                  Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
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                  That was but civil war, an equal set. --Dryden.
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        (c) (Mech.) Permanent change of figure in consequence of
            excessive strain, as from compression, tension,
            bending, twisting, etc.; as, the set of a spring.
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        (d) A kind of punch used for bending, indenting, or giving
            shape to, metal; as, a saw set.
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        (e) (Pile Driving) A piece placed temporarily upon the
            head of a pile when the latter cannot be reached by
            the weight, or hammer, except by means of such an
            intervening piece. [Often incorrectly written sett.]
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        (f) (Carp.) A short steel spike used for driving the head
            of a nail below the surface. Called also nail set.
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     3. [Perhaps due to confusion with sect, sept.] A number of
        things of the same kind, ordinarily used or classed
        together; a collection of articles which naturally
        complement each other, and usually go together; an
        assortment; a suit; as, a set of chairs, of china, of
        surgical or mathematical instruments, of books, etc. [In
        this sense, sometimes incorrectly written sett.]
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     4. A number of persons associated by custom, office, common
        opinion, quality, or the like; a division; a group; a
        clique. "Others of our set." --Tennyson.
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              This falls into different divisions, or sets, of
              nations connected under particular religions. --R.
                                                    P. Ward.
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     5. Direction or course; as, the set of the wind, or of a
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     6. In dancing, the number of persons necessary to execute a
        quadrille; also, the series of figures or movements
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     7. The deflection of a tooth, or of the teeth, of a saw,
        which causes the the saw to cut a kerf, or make an
        opening, wider than the blade.
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        (a) A young oyster when first attached.
        (b) Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any
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     9. (Tennis) A series of as many games as may be necessary to
        enable one side to win six. If at the end of the tenth
        game the score is a tie, the set is usually called a deuce
        set, and decided by an application of the rules for
        playing off deuce in a game. See Deuce.
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     10. (Type Founding) That dimension of the body of a type
         called by printers the width.
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     11. (Textiles) Any of various standards of measurement of the
         fineness of cloth; specif., the number of reeds in one
         inch and the number of threads in each reed. The exact
         meaning varies according to the location where it is
         used. Sometimes written sett.
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     12. A stone, commonly of granite, shaped like a short brick
         and usually somewhat larger than one, used for street
         paving. Commonly written sett.
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     13. Camber of a curved roofing tile.
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     14. The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit;
         as, the set of a coat. [Colloq.]
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     15. Any collection or group of objects considered together.
     Dead set.
         (a) The act of a setter dog when it discovers the game,
             and remains intently fixed in pointing it out.
         (b) A fixed or stationary condition arising from obstacle
             or hindrance; a deadlock; as, to be at a dead set.
         (c) A concerted scheme to defraud by gaming; a determined
     To make a dead set, to make a determined onset, literally
        or figuratively.
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     Syn: Collection; series; group. See Pair.
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