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never-was

n.

"person who never amounted to anything," 1911, from never + was; probably coined to go with used-to-be.

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never-was

noun

A person who never succeeded or captured notice; loser

[1950s+; based on has-been]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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