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damage control

The efforts made to reduce, negate, or counteract damage, loss, or any other unfavorable outcome. The IT department was on serious damage control after it became apparent that our servers had been hacked. The senator has been doing damage control ever since he let slip racist remarks during a television interview.
See also: control, damage

damaged goods

1. Literally, products that have become inferior or unsellable as the result of being damaged or impaired in some way. They sold me damaged goods and wouldn't refund my money when I went to return them!
2. A person who is seen as emotionally or psychologically unstable as the result of some traumatic experience. (Possibly derogatory.) Growing up with abusive parents has left me as damaged goods.
3. A person whose reputation has been damaged, corrupted, or tarnished. The young CEO became damaged goods after news of his insider trading spread—now he can't even get a job flipping burgers.
4. dated, derogatory A woman who is considered unmarriageable or otherwise inferior due to having engaged in sexual intercourse before or outside of marriage. I once thought that she was the fairest, purest woman in town, but now that I know she had illicit relations with another man, she is nothing but damaged goods to me.
See also: damage, good

acceptable damage

Destruction or casualties that are considered reasonable because they happen in the context of a war or military attack. Many would argue that even one lost life should not be considered acceptable damage. The general considered the destruction of the tanks to be acceptable damage since his soldiers returned from the mission alive and uninjured.
See also: acceptable, damage

damaged

1. slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You really got damaged!
2. Emotionally or psychologically unstable as the result of some traumatic experience. (Possibly derogatory.) I worry that growing up with abusive parents has left me damaged. She's probably never been in a serious relationship because she's totally damaged—what other reason could there be?
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the damage

The price of something. This dress is gorgeous, but I don't want to try it on until I find out what the damage would be.
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What's the damage?

What is the price or cost? This dress is gorgeous, but I don't want to try it on until I find out how much it costs. Excuse me, sir, what's the damage? Looks expensive. What was the damage, if you don't mind my asking?

acceptable damage

 and acceptable losses
Euph. casualties or destruction inflicted by an enemy that is considered minor or tolerable. At present, the enemy's first-strike capability would produce acceptable damage. The general indicated that the fifty thousand casualties were within the range of acceptable losses.
See also: acceptable, damage

What's the damage?

Sl. What are the charges?; How much is the bill? Bill: That was delicious. Waiter, what's the damage? Waiter: I'll get the check, sir. Waiter: Your check sir. Tom: Thanks. Bill: What's the damage, Tom? Let me pay my share. Tom: Nonsense, I'll get it. Bill: Okay this time, but I owe you one.

damage control

Measures to minimize or curtail loss or harm. For example, As soon as they discovered the leak to the press, the senator's office worked night and day on damage control . Used literally since the 1950s, specifically for limiting the effect of an accident on a ship, this term began to be used figuratively in the 1970s.
See also: control, damage

damaged goods

A person, especially an unmarried woman who is no longer a virgin, as in A person who has sex before marriage is not considered damaged goods in this day and age . This pejorative expression transfers the reduced value of materials (stock, provisions, etc.) marred in some way to women who have had a sexual experience. [Early 1900s]
See also: damage, good

do someone wrong

Also, do someone damage or harm . Injure someone; be unfaithful or disloyal; act unjustly or unfairly toward someone. For example, John's done me wrong, and I intend to tell him so, or She did him real damage when she started that rumor: The first term dates from the late 1300s; the substitutions of damage and harm are newer. However, while these locutions are still current, a more common modern usage is to turn them into verbal phrases-that is, wrong someone, harm someone, damage someone.
See also: someone, wrong

the damage

The cost or price of something, as in So what's the damage for this outfit? This seemingly modern slangy phrase, with damage alluding to the harm done to one's pocketbook, was first recorded in 1755.
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damaged goods

a person who is regarded as inadequate or impaired in some way. informal
2001 Business Week Magazine Although Chirac looks like damaged goods, no other conservative has the stature to make a serious run for the presidency.
See also: damage, good

what's the damage?

used to ask the cost of something. informal

what’s the ˈdamage?

(British English, informal) how much do I need to pay you?: Thanks for repairing the cooker. What’s the damage?

damage

n. the cost; the amount of the bill (for something). (see also bad news.) As soon as I pay the damage, we can go.

damaged

mod. drunk. Them guys went out and really got damaged.
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hail damage

n. cellulite. Man, look at that hail damage on her hips!
See also: damage, hail

What’s the damage?

interrog. What are the charges?; How much is the bill? BILL: That was delicious. Waiter, what’s the damage? WAITER: I’ll get the check, sir.

What’s your damage?

interrog. What’s your problem? (Like a damage report.) You look beat, man. What’s your damage?
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