dead or alive

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From usage in wanted posters in the 19th century American West and, especially in popular drama about the American West in that period.

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dead or alive (not comparable)

  1. Either dead or alive
  2. Used to indicate someone is being sought for some kind of punishment or reprimand, and that (s)he may be killed in the process of finding, as if this was reasonable punishment

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