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dead loss

noun [S] uk   informal us  
an activity or process that is not at all effective or successful: Yesterday's meeting was a dead loss - nothing was decided. a person who is not successful or useful: I was a dead loss at languages at school. John was a dead loss - he just stood there and did nothing.
Translations of “dead loss”
in Chinese (Traditional) 無用功,白費力, 廢物, 無用的人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无用功,白费力, 废物, 无用之人…
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