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English definition of “dead loss”

dead loss

noun [S]     informal
an activity or process that is not at all effective or successful : Yesterday's meeting was a dead loss - nothing was decided .Useless and futile 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.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
(Definition of dead loss noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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