dead loss


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a dead loss

1. One who is unsuccessful in a certain area or pursuit. I thought I could reconcile with my mother, but our phone call was a dead loss. My drawing is a mess—I'm a dead loss as an artist. Don't put him on our team, he's a dead loss at basketball!
2. A complete loss, usually financially. I'm not surprised that venture turned out to be a dead loss—I always thought the owner was a fraud.
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dead loss

a total loss. My investment was a dead loss. This car is a dead loss after the accident.
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dead loss

1. A total loss, as in They've changed the currency, so these old coins are a dead loss. [Early 1700s]
2. A worthless person or thing; also, an utter waste of time. For example, With an injured knee he's a dead loss to the team, or It rained every day, so our week at the beach was a dead loss. [1920s]
See also: dead, loss
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You can call a win a win and say it will do wonders for confidence, but the nature of both matches was a dead loss from the word go and sitting through the two of them was like watching paint dry.
Great in his first few games when he virtually saved Newcastle from relegation single-handed but a total dead loss when captain in his second term at Kingston Park.
In the summer he was in trouble for selling on Super Bowl tickets, last week his players were hauled over the coals for holding a dodgy party on a riverboat and now the Vikings look a dead loss after slipping to 1-4.
But the idea turned out to be a dead loss as far as the Hiroshima-based parent company is concerned,for the number four is associated with death and doom in the Asia Pacific region.
Mazda UK's plans to call its new MPV 'the 4' have proved to be a dead loss after the Hiroshima-based parent company revealed the number is associated with death and doom in the Asia Pacific region.
One supermarket executive said: "It will have to be written off as another cost which is a dead loss to shareholders -- and consumers won't benefit from one penny of it.
Sadly, the Pirates versus Zombies event turned into a dead loss and was called off when rescuers flew Tracy to hospital as a precaution.
I persuaded Neil to join me to draw conclusions about what had worked last year and what had been a dead loss.
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New Labour is merely a continuation of Thatcherism: [bar] Outright privatisation, or by stealth; [bar] PFI schemes for new schools and hospitals, considered a dead loss financially for the public; [bar] cutting local services and using private contractors, and [bar] removing schools from council control and turning them into academies sponsored by approved individuals who then impose their ethos.
Text: Exletters to Bill said: "This new system is a dead loss.
A flu-plagued first three months of the year will take its toll on George Burley's squad - which will also suffer a spate of call-offs for injuries incurred in glamour friendlies involving the Old Firm as they desperately try to convince fans the season is not a dead loss.
Gest, detested as a dead loss showbiz parasite before he went in to the jungle, ended up a national hero.
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CASEMATE, a dead loss at the start of the year, has since emerged as Peter Makin's standard-bearer and notched his third win of the season when produced late by Amir Quinn to take the seven-furlong handicap.