write off

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write off

verb

Definition of WRITE OFF

transitive verb
1
:  to eliminate (an asset) from the books :  enter as a loss or expense <write off a bad loan>
2
:  to regard or concede to be lost <most were content to write off 1979 and look optimistically ahead — Money>; also :  dismiss <was written off as an expatriate highbrow — Brendan Gill>

Examples of WRITE OFF

  1. <most critics have already written off that director as a hack incapable of turning out anything but schlock>
  2. <that one blunder will write off to nothing all the goodwill we've been building up>

First Known Use of WRITE OFF

1889

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