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English definition of “dead loss”

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.
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