Why do we say "Like Death Warmed Up.

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Like Death Warmed Up

Meaning:

To look totally exhausted or ill.

Background:

'I look like death warmed up and what I feel is nobody's business'
Ngaio Marsh in Death and the Dancing Footman (1942)

The expression appeared earlier in a dictionary of war slang from the 2nd World War.

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