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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The dead stick is there to win a stare-down with a fish that otherwise always wins.
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.
They will use the dead sticks as support material in both their lodges and dams.
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.
My grapes are just dead sticks in the ground and the strawberries really have me stumped.
The bushes that had looked like dead sticks now had tender new shoots sprouting at the bottom.