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Difference between Dead money and Dead on the money

dead moneymoney invested in unsold products which cannot therefore be used:

  • This will tell you how much “dead money” is tied up in the three products.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase dead rent—a fixed rent for a mining concession, etc.:

  • A claim for an increase in the amount of the dead rent fixed in a contract cannot be upheld.

dead on the money—(coll.) totally correct:

  • I have always read Howard’s articles with a great deal of interest, as they are usually dead on the money.