dead to the world
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- Sound asleep.
1919, Stewart Edward White, chapter 8, in The Killer:
- However, he slept right through the night, and was still dead to the world when I slipped out.
- Without social relationships or communication; without emotional or tangible bonds to others.
1824, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 2, in St. Ronan's Well:
- [D]id you think that a being so sequestered as I am was already dead to the world, even while he was walking upon its surface?
1841, Charles Dickens, chapter 67, in Barnaby Rudge:
- There were some broken men among these debtors who had been in jail so long, and were so miserable and destitute of friends, so dead to the world, and utterly forgotten and uncared for, that they implored their jailers not to set them free.
1876, Mark Twain, chapter 22, in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:
- During two long weeks Tom lay a prisoner, dead to the world and its happenings.