Origin of write-off
How to use write-off in a sentence
Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.
At some point during his busy schedule, Israel found the time to write a book, titled The Global War on Morris.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
My publisher had asked, “If you wanted to write another book, what would you want to write about?”
You write a lot about how you were a jerk or a snob when it came to comedy or film.
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
I've never had time to write home about it, for I felt that it required a dissertation in itself to do it justice.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
A far-off volley rumbled over the plain, and a few birds stirred uneasily among the trees.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The other is the new theory: that the Bible is the work of many men whom God had inspired to speak or write the truth.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Whatever you do, don't write a word to that Carr friend of yours; he's as sharp as a two-edged sword.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for write-off
- to cancel (a bad debt or obsolete asset) from the accounts
- to consider (a transaction, etc) as a loss or set off (a loss) against revenues
- to depreciate (an asset) by periodic charges
- to charge (a specified amount) against gross profits as depreciation of an asset
- the act of cancelling a bad debt or obsolete asset from the accounts
- the bad debt or obsolete asset cancelled
- the amount cancelled against gross profits, corresponding to the book value of the bad debt or obsolete asset
Other Idioms and Phrases with write-off
Reduce an asset's book value to zero because it is worthless, as in The truck was wrecked completely, so we can write it off. [Late 1600s]
Cancel from an account as a loss, as in Since they'll never be able to pay back what they owe, let's just write off that debt. [Late 1800s] Also see charge off, def. 2.
Regard as a failure or worthless, as in There was nothing to do but write off the first day of our trip because of the bad weather, or She resented their tendency to write her off as a mere housewife. [Late 1800s]
Amortize, as in We can write off the new computer network in two years or less. Also see charge off, def. 2.