a dead loss

a dead loss

1. One who is unsuccessful in a certain area or pursuit. 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 or failure, usually financially. I'm not surprised that venture turned out to be a dead loss—I always thought the owner was a fraud. I thought I could reconcile with my mother, but our phone call was a dead loss.
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dead loss

a total loss. My investment was a dead loss. This car is a dead loss after the accident.
See also: dead, loss
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: dead, loss
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