dead loss


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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.
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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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The good weather this summer has helped boost confidence, particularly since last year, which was a dead loss."
Less buses for more money tess Netherton pub gets a new lease of life as a funeral home Pub shut, that's a dead loss!
A dead loss on two outings this term, the 16-1 shot staved off a late assault by Prussian for the pounds 60,000 prize.
"If you don't fall in love with them [the Beatles]," she wrote in a review of A Hard Day's Night for the New Republic (October 10, 1964), "the film seems a dead loss, but not doing so requires indifference to an astonishing charm."
The present political elite is, with a few notable exceptions, a dead loss.
THE new Broadgate revamp is a dead loss as far as I am concerned, adding to the many other big open empty spaces that have been developed here in Coventry.
jury's still on the will say did being a Or indeed with such 'Crisps.' The whole thing was a dead loss. So crisp sandwiches they had and, unsurprisingly, were very happy with them.
DEAD LOSS: Manchester Utd's Nemanja Vidic scores against Wolves.
It looks as though there are plenty of potatoes, but the tomatoes are a dead loss again.
The harvesting of trees back then was arduous and risky, and certainly not done recklessly without an objective, leaving a dead loss. Had they been concerned for future generations, should they have hunkered down in the woods to preserve the trees instead of providing materials for homes, schools, churches, and railroads?
"We advise retailers to cut back on overheads and carry less stock because that's a dead loss until you can turn it over into cash and cash is king in retail.
It does well on Betfair but is a dead loss at spread betting.
Therefore, if a national campaign knows its candidate cannot carry a state, even a state as big as California or New York or Texas, any money spent in that state is a dead loss. Not a single electoral vote can be won there, even if the popular vote in that state winds up closer than expected.
I reckon this is why talk of a new centrist party in the UK is a dead loss.