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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

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

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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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 A derogatory term for 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

hail damage

slang Cellulite (which tends to have a bumpy or dimpled appearance). Is there anything that will get rid of this hail damage on my thighs?
See also: damage, hail

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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the damage is done

It is too late to prevent or undo some harm that has occurred. A: "Can't we just change the policy that caused so much upset?" B: "Doing so won't change what happened to those employees. The damage is done." I called 911 because I suspected my father was having a stroke, but by the time the ambulance arrived, the damage had been done.
See also: damage, done

What's (one's) damage?

slang What's wrong with one? Why is one acting in such a negative, undesirable, or socially unacceptable manner? That was a reprehensible thing to do. Just what is your damage, dude? A: "I heard she got fired for cheating the company out of several thousand dollars." B: "What's her damage? She gets paid a ludicrous amount of money as it is!"

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?

wreak (something) on (someone or something)

To cause a lot of something very bad to happen to someone or something. Used especially with "destruction," "havoc," and "vengeance." This humidity is wreaking havoc on my hair. The twister wreaked untold destruction on the tiny town. She swore she would wreak vengeance on the man who double-crossed her.
See also: on, wreak

wreak (something) upon (someone or something)

To cause a lot of something very bad to happen to someone or something. Used especially with "destruction," "havoc," and "vengeance." This humidity is wreaking havoc upon my hair. The twister wreaked untold destruction upon the tiny town.
See also: upon, wreak
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

what’s the ˈdamage?

(British English, informal) how much do I need to pay you?: Thanks for repairing the cooker. What’s the damage?
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: damage

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?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Yet successive administrations in London have managed that feat damagingly well.
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I am not easily shocked, but I am shocked by the damagingly vindictive stance taken towards Councillor Andy Matchet, who was suspended for making suggestive remarks to a woman guest at the Lord Mayor's ball.