a dead loss

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]
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a dead loss

If you describe someone or something as a dead loss, you think that they are completely useless. For them the nearly-new car is a dead loss because it loses value more quickly. I have always been a dead loss at competitive sports and games.
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a dead ˈloss

a person or thing that is useless or a complete failure: This television is a dead loss; the picture fades completely after five minutes.
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