Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter D (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Adjectival Phrasal – Letter D  –


  • (to be) Beyond (one’s) Wildest Dreams – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which expresses that the outcome of a certain situation far exceeds the expectations of that situation.  It implies that the outcome came or has come as a huge surprise because of how wonderful it was or is to the person or people experiencing it…

“I knew that seeing Pearl Jam live in concert in 1992 was going to be awesome, but I didn’t know that it was going to be such a life-changing moment.  It was beyond my wildest dreams.”

  • (to be) Dead On (one’s) Feet – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe a person who is – though physically awake – completely or at greatly un-responsive, use-less, or appearing to be in some sort of trance.  This is usually because of extreme exhaustion, sick-ness, the effects of drugs or alcohol the night before, or just from being a freakin’ idiot…

“Well, he’s physically here, he seems to be awake, but he certainly isn’t showing an signs of life.  I don’t know if he’s sick, hung-over or in some sort of voodoo trance, but Stan is completely dead on his feet today!  If he doesn’t show any improvement after lunch, I’m sending him home.  Having a person like that at the controls of a nuclear power plant, probably isn’t a very good idea.”

  • (to be) Dead To The World – This is an idiomatic adjective phrase used to describe someone who is so incredibly tired or sleeping so heavily that one can not get his or her attention or wake that person up.  This is also a phrase to use when a person is hung-over or ill…  “After hiking 30 kilometers, then drinking 12 pints of beer and passing out in the snow for three hours, George was completely *dead to the world*.  I’m surprised he didn’t have to go to the hospital.”

  • (to be) Drowning In (something) – Literally speaking, to be “drowning” or to have “drowned” means to be be killed by suffocation from water (for example:  when a person who can’t swim falls off a boat.)  However, figuratively speaking this is an adjectival phrase which means to be so overwhelmed by something that one is not able to function properly…  “With so many people being laid-off at work, I’m completely *drowning in* extra work that shouldn’t even be my responsibility!”

  • (to be) In A Daze – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is used to describe a person who is not fully aware of his or her surroundings for whatever reason (illness, confusion, drugs, alcohol, just not being very intelligent 😀 , etc.)…  “After spending all night at the rave party and then having a vodka-tonic for breakfast, I was in a complete daze throughout the morning meeting.  Maybe next time, I skip the rave party before starting a new job.”  –  (This same phrase can be made be using the word “haze” as well.)

  • (to be) Let Down – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal Adjective, which can also be used as a separable Phrasal-Verb which is used to mean the same thing as being disappointed.  This probably comes from the fact that we consider feeling good to be a “high” feeling and when one is disappointed, they feel “low” so they are “down” from the previous good feelings and this is done because of the actions (or in-actions) of another or others…

“I was incredibly let down by my family who never even told me that they were selling my grandmothers house which had all of my belongings stored in it.  It’s always a terrible disappointment to find out that people you love, clearly don’t care about you.”

  • (to be) Run Down – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which means that something is in really bad condition due to a neglect of maintenance and is now in serious need of repair…

“Due to the horrible economy and the incredibly selfish decisions of the politicians, nearly all of Detroit is completely run down and looks like a war-zone.”

  • (to be) Up To Date (about something) – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which means:  To be “current” with some news or information, up to what is happening on the current “date”…  “I’ve been away from the office for so long, I don’t feel like I’m completely *up to date* on what’s going on.”  –  (See Also:  “Up To Speed”)


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