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dead loss

noun

informal a person, thing, or situation that is completely useless or unprofitable
a complete loss for which no compensation is received

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Nearby words

dead leg, dead letter, dead letter box, dead lift, dead load, dead loss, dead mail, dead man, dead man walking, dead man's fingers, dead man's hand
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Idioms and Phrases with dead loss

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]

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