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English definition of “write-off”

write-off

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈraɪ.tɒf/ us    /-t̬ɑːf/

write-off noun [C usually singular] (VEHICLE)

UK a vehicle that is too damaged to be worth repairing: She wasn't hurt, but the car's a complete write-off.

write-off noun [C usually singular] (NOTHING ACHIEVED)

a period of time during which you fail to achieve anything: Yesterday was a complete write-off as far as work is concerned.
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