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    write off

    "It allows the concept to write itself off"
    what means?


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    Re: write off

    "to write off something" is a financial term meaning to reduce in overall value through depreciation or loss.

    The "concept" will effectively be meaningless or worthless. More context is needed to say why "itself" has been used.

    Note that in BrE a "write-off" is used to say a vehicle has been totally wrecked.


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    Re: write off

    Write sb/sth off (Failure) phrasal verb [M]
    to decide that a particular person or thing will not be useful, important or successful:


    A lot of companies seem to write people off if they're over 50.

    (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

    He lost this match, but donít write him off (as a future champion).

    (Oxford Advanced Learnerís Dictionary)

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    Re: write off

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    "It allows the concept to write itself off"
    what means?
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