dead loss


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dead loss

n
1. informal a person, thing, or situation that is completely useless or unprofitable
2. a complete loss for which no compensation is received
Translations

dead loss

n (fam) to be a dead loss (person, thing) → non valere niente
References in classic literature ?
The goodly steed and the rich armour, equal to the full profit of my adventure with our Kirjath Jairam of Leicester there is a dead loss too ay, a loss which swallows up the gains of a week; ay, of the space between two Sabaoths and yet it may end better than I now think, for 'tis a good youth.''
Crisparkle, at a dead loss for anything else to say.
Consequently the advertisement was withdrawn at a dead loss - for as to sherry, my poor dear mother's own sherry was in the market then - and ten years afterwards, the caul was put up in a raffle down in our part of the country, to fifty members at half-a-crown a head, the winner to spend five shillings.
If these liberation movements failed, were co-opted or ossified, who else was there to turn to, given that the Western proletariat was usually a dead loss? This desperate hope has meant that it has been very difficult to face up to inconvenient realities of what these liberation movements really consisted of or turned into.
'Such development and prosAperity of today which bring desAtruction for tomorrow are a dead loss,' he said.
UNTIL the miracles started, 13-year-old Jimmy was called an ornament, a useless article and a dead loss by his Mam and Nan.
BIRMINGHAM'S newest radio station is set to be a dead loss!
In a competition which has been a dead loss for United in recent seasons, the draw saw the Magpies handed a thirdround trip to Watford early in 2016.
He said: "It's just not worth running a post office any more, it's a dead loss. I'm selling second hand goods into try and make a bit of money."
Neville wasn't the only dead loss of the France v Ecuador game.
But look at the bigger picture, your husband is a dead loss. With some help, you might begin to see him the way the rest of us do and realise you deserve better.