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write something off

Definition of write something off in English:

1 (write someone/something off) Dismiss someone or something as insignificant: the boy had been written off as a nonachiever
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  • But the boys were up for it, mainly because we had been written off and it was the last chance to win anything.
  • No-one gave us a chance and when we were five points down at half-time everyone wrote us off but the team went out in the second half and won by five.
  • The football world wrote us off as another lower league casualty, but we did not give up.
2Cancel the record of a bad debt; acknowledge the loss of or failure to recover an asset: he urged the banks to write off debt owed by poorer countries
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  • Rather than report it as fraud, they simply write it off as a bad debt.
  • Some debts are written off, although creditors are reluctant to do so.
  • The essential problem is that as fast as bad debts are written off new ones are created by the deflationary contraction in the economy.
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