Meaning of dead loss in English:

dead loss

Pronunciation /ˌdɛd ˈlɒs/

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  • 1A venture or situation which produces no profit.

    ‘He had a very good March and April, but February and May have been dead losses as far as he's concerned.’
    • ‘The trend has already started with the top producers, who have already decided that the UK is a bit of a dead loss and are looking to the States to sell their wine.’
    • ‘Admittedly 2% of both draws will benefit by increased prize money but the remaining 98% will be at a dead loss.’
    • ‘She is struggling with a film adaptation of Mr Thomas, a play she wrote and directed a few years ago, and which brought Ray Winstone out of early retirement after he had given up acting as a dead loss.’
    • ‘Ever since the birth of marine aquaculture in its estuary, there has been a steady decline in returning salmon, to the point that most fishermen had abandoned it as a dead loss.’
    • ‘And whereas the Web was a dead loss, the cell-phone ringtone market seemed very promising.’
    • ‘I feel that the club has to write this season off as a dead loss, and try, hopefully with the Evening Press's help, to make some of the above companies help out.’
    • ‘The principal amount, or the value of the shares, he should count as a dead loss because the companies concerned have gone out of business.’
    • ‘So what seemed like a dead loss has, in November, suddenly paid off.’
    • ‘Today has been a dead loss, I don't think I've achieved one thing I wanted to.’
    • ‘Half an hour or so later, presumably having written the night off as a dead loss at this stage, they shut the bar early.’
    • ‘This year's new work, Copland Portrait, by the NYCB principal dancer Damien Woetzel, was a dead loss, unfortunately.’
    • ‘For every new drug that turns out to be effective yet reasonably safe, when tested in the laboratory, very many more are found which turn out to be unsuitable, and cannot be used: the expense is a dead loss.’
    • ‘Any unsold copies are however, a dead loss.’
    • ‘Most of the organizers had already considered the investment a dead loss.’
    • ‘It might be just another one of the old bill collectors, one who hadn't written off Doyle as a dead loss.’
    failure, fiasco, debacle, catastrophe, disaster, blunder, vain attempt, abortion, defeat
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    1. 1.1mainly British informal A person or thing that is completely useless.
      • ‘No doubt Thompson would have considered the former Rugby Park manager a dead loss across August as he presided over four straight league defeats for the Easter Road club.’
      • ‘Before I could even fumble a further answer, she had sussed me as a dead loss, had switched off her DAT machine, and was already scanning the crowd for a more eloquent victim.’
      • ‘Not that the Washington Post is a total dead loss.’
      • ‘Thing is - as far as Ian is concerned, I'm a dead loss.’
      • ‘The food was nice though, so not a complete dead loss.’
      • ‘Clothes-wise, it was a dead loss, so I walked through the rain towards the office, stopping in every bookshop along the way.’
      • ‘But for half an hour of evening entertainment, they were a dead loss.’
      • ‘However, as a car it is surely a dead loss in any conventional sense.’
      • ‘The Internet is a dead loss when it comes to finding and recruiting staff: only five per cent of UK HR managers used online recruitment sites in 2003.’
      • ‘In any case, he was a dead loss as cook/houseboy and only lasted a week or two in our household.’
      • ‘He has not lost his fitness and you do not go from a top goalscorer to dead loss that quick.’
      • ‘Phoning proved a dead loss so I delivered a handwritten request outlining the situation, with copies to CLP and newspapers.’
      • ‘No film can be a dead loss with both Jim Carrey and Rene Zellweger.’
      • ‘It's so dusty and afternoons are a dead loss because of the heat.’
      failure, loser, born loser, incompetent, non-achiever, underachiever, ne'er-do-well, disappointment, write-off
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