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 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.
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.
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.
However, others clearly thought I was a dead loss, that I had thrown my life away and was now destined to be a total disaster.
Anyone with a grain of sense would have realised this method of raising revenue for local government was a dead loss and scrapped it, but against counsel from fellow cabinet members she decided to implement it in England and Wales which caused outrage in large sections of the public.
Docs a dead loss FAMILY members who launched an appeal to find their missing relative in China are suing a hospital after it emerged he had died three months earlier.
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The last time I can remember such a dead loss on the transfer front was when Ron Atkinson's sole signing for the summer was John Fashanu after Big Ron preferred to spend all summer commentating for TV on the 1994 World Cup.