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Recent Examples on the Web Behind the headlines of a dry February, here’s where the prospects stand, good and bad, for outdoor recreation: The weather: After a zilch February, Lake Tahoe residents and visitors awoke Sunday to 6 inches of fresh snow. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "After a dry month, recreation outlooks range from good to bad to ugly," 1 Mar. 2020 Most of these areas have been leased and drilled, with zilch results. Tim Bradner, Anchorage Daily News, "Offshore oil leasing evokes sense of deja vu in Alaska," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of zilch

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zilch

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17 Mar 2020

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“Zilch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zilch. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of zilch

informal : nothing at all

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