[Ads-l] proleptic "toast"

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 21 19:07:07 UTC 2023

1984  San Francisco Chronicle 4 Sep 8/1

His companion, Bill Baron, who was perched on a friend's shoulders, said Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale does not stand a chance. "Fritz is toast," he said.

1986 San Francisco Chronicle 24 Apr. 57/3

He says that all of North Africa will be "toast" within half an hour.

1986 Albuquerque Tribune 24 May 12/3

"If this had happened 10 or 15 years ago, I wouldn't be here talking to you," Firestone said.  "I'd be toast."

1986 Spacecamp (film) premiere 6 Jun

 You're gonna be toast.

1986 San Francisco Chronicle 4 July 59/3

I'm only here because I have to be; come the revolution you people will be toast.

Maybe a little later than you are searching for, but this one has stood out in my memory since I saw the film on release.

1988 Die Hard (film) premiere 12 Jul

Theo: "The quarterback is toast!"


Note:  I was unable to find the line in any online scripts or subtitle files, so I suspect that (like Bill Murray's Ghostbuster lines) it was ad-libbed.

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