“look / feel like death warmed over”

When you say that someone looks like death warmed over, what you mean is that the person looks terrible ill.

“I saw Girish at the hospital. He looked like death warmed over.”

“Feel like death warmed over” means you feel extremely tired.

“I haven’t slept in three days. I feel like death warmed over.”

It’s also possible to say ‘like death warmed up’. They both have the same meaning.”

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – July 30, 2007 

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