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We use [dead and buried] to mean something is over or finished:
It’s frequently used to express relief over something which has been stressful, difficult or unpleasant has now finished and is now in the past.
Is the Iran nuclear deal dead and buried?
In theory, the Iran nuclear deal is still in existence. But only just.
The country has announced that it will no longer be bound by any of its restrictions in terms of the numbers or type of centrifuges that can be operated or the level of enrichment of uranium that it can pursue.
[BBC | 06.01.20 | LINK]
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