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Difference between Dead and alive and Half dead

dead and alive—(also: dead-alive)

1. (of a place) spiritless or boring:

  • This is rather a dead and alive place but I like the climate for I have not known a sick day since I have been up here.

2. (of people) miserable; inactive and dull:

  • Part of my early days in London I was familiar with what is called hyper–Calvinistic Baptists … but I never was amongst such a dead-and-alive lot.

half dead—(also: more dead than alive) in a very poor physical condition owing to illness, etc.:

  • I had identified the latitude and the longitude of the place where he was, and there they found him, half dead, but alive.