dead in the water

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The context is two people have just bought a house. It's old and have many faults.

"At least this one has a soul," Jonathan siad. "You know what I mean? I feel like it's not too late. THis one isn't dead in the water yet."

Please tell me what does the bold one mean?
  • owlman5

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    This is just a funny way of saying that the house is still good. If it were "dead in the water", it would be too far gone to save.


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    English (UK then US)
    There are quite few sites on the internet that can help you answer for yourself some of the questions about English idioms. This one I found by typing "dead in the water" definition into a search engine (Google) The definition they provide is the one I am familiar with
    If something is dead in the water, it isn't going anywhere or making any progress.
    Here's another one
    stalled; immobile. (Originally nautical.)
    There will be times when those searches don't completely explain the usage. In your quote the usage is a little different from the mainstream idiom's meaning - the person who says "This one isn't dead in the water" seems to mean "This house is not beyond repair" which isn't quite the same.
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