Dead Stick


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Dead Stick

A slang term for a project with no forward progress that is in danger of failure. The phrase derives from an aviation term for a plane that is about to completely lose control.
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Concentrating on reaching the field and making a good dead stick landing, the pilot could not tell how much of this plane was burning.
I have also bought some oriental purple radish seeds and two blueberry bushes, which look exactly like dead sticks, although the picture on the boxes showed lush, heavily-cropping plants.
I see more stakes holding up dead sticks than live trees.
The outer part of the nest was composed of ~45 large, dark brown, dead sticks arranged to form a platform; the sticks were 30-60 cm long and averaged 4-5 mm in diameter.
In spring you'll start to see growth on the canes as the buds come to life, but until then they'll remain looking worryingly like a row of dead sticks.
Branches and dead sticks fell to the ground as he moved up the belays.