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What does "dead mark" mean? Is it a bad omen, perhaps?


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Not quite! In film terms, a "mark" usually has to do with letting the actor know where they have to stand when filming a scene. I'd say a "dead mark" refers to an exact mark, as "dead" can mean complete or certain. Ex: The road is dead ahead. => straight and exactly ahead Ex: I need a mark to know where to stand.

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