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Old 26 June 2014, 01:36 AM
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Originally Posted by RealityChuck View Post
According to the OED, sort of:
I have a print shorter OED from 1955. It doesn't give that meaning as such, but it does give "to have (a person) on toast" as slang for "to have at one's mercy", which might be related. It doesn't give a date or location for that usage.

I could swear that I've heard "to be toast" in the sense of "to be finished off, rendered dead and/or unable to function" considerably before the 1980's; but it's possible my memory's not accurate about that. It seems to make a sort of sense in my head that I'm having trouble spelling out here -- something to do with being finished off in the sense of cooked, re-cooked, and ready to be eaten.
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