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total loss, a

Slang definitions & phrases for total loss, a

total

verb
  1. To destroy; totally wreck, esp a car: It didn't look like much of a wreck, but his car was totaled (1954+)
  2. To maim or kill; grievously injure; waste: Mightn't a tile have fallen off a roof and totaled us by dinnertime? (1895+)

[first sense fr the phrase a total loss, having to do with something insured]


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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