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burned-out case

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burned-out case

noun phrase

A person who is exhausted and ineffectual; burnout: once a superior foreign correspondent but by then a burnt-out case

[1960s+; fr the title of a 1961 Graham Greene novel about a leper whose case was arrested and cured only after loss of fingers and toes]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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