dead letter


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the state of something that has outlived its relevance

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mail that can neither be delivered nor returned

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And dead presidents joins dead air, dead letter, dead metaphor, and dead reckoning, the newbie standing for "U.S.
Unnamed senior administration officials have already been quoted as saying that, in the wake of recent bombings in Israel, Powell's "road map" peace plan is a dead letter. Some have fingered NSC Middle East director Elliot Abrams as a source of these leaks--a reasonable assumption considering that Abrams openly badmouthed the road map before the Iraq war.
Postwar policy had called for two carriers to be assigned to the western Pacific, but tight budgeting had made even that "modest proposal" a dead letter. The Chief of Naval Operations had directed that in case of emergency the Seventh Fleet would come under the operational control of Commander Naval Forces, Far East (COMNAVFE), under the theater command of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.
Once again, the pagan captive's hair and nails symbolize all that is dead, including the dead letter which must be done away with.
However, if immediate and simultaneous efforts are not made to improve child counseling centers and to train more child welfare counselors and other experts, the new law will amount to nothing more than a dead letter.
Thus as early as 1864, the new regime legislated the construction of "cellular" jails in all major cities, but virtually nothing happened because the government could not find the necessary funds, and this would only be the first in a series of "dead letter" laws in which reformers' plans were hamstrung by fiscal constraints.
For years, the Mandarins in Washington have said that reform is a dead letter. But the people--and the courts--are proving them wrong.
Already on the main competish line-up are "The Girl of My Dreams" (Spain), "Velvet Goldmine" (USA), "Love Is the Devil" (U.K.), "The Dead Letter Office" (Australia) and "The Magic Hour" (Brazil).
And yet, according to Walter Kendrick's "Return to Sender: The Myth of the Dead Letter," an extended essay in last November's Village Voice, the sentimentalist myth that the hectic pace and technologies of modern life have robbed us of the precious art of letter writing is simply not true.
The title for Curran's book is derived from the Marxist term, "dead letter," which has been used to describe ineffective laws that protect capitalist interests and dilute efforts to alleviate social problems.
For her part, Jamila Debch Ksiksi (Ennahdha movement), said that "Tunisia has adopted almost all the African and international conventions on human rights, but most of the time they are remained a dead letter ".
"The hotel the GRU team stayed in is a little out of the way so the dead letter drop may be round there somewhere so they could walk to the place where it was hidden."
Advocate Dogar asked the court to declare that after the 18th Amendment and insertion of Article 270-AA into the ConstiAtution, the NAB ordinance had ceased to be the law and become non-existent and a dead letter.
As it is then, so long as the law under scrutiny, in its present form, remains unfunded, it is unimplementable and likely to be reduced to a dead letter.
They left notes in dead letter boxes or exchanged coded messages about geese flying south for the winter.