write off (2)

British and Australian English
This page is about the phrasal verb write off (2).

Meaning: to damage a vehicle so badly that it cannot be repaired

Synonym: wreck

For example:

  • write off sth After writing off three cars in two years, you'd think that Gerry would start driving a bit more carefully.

  • write sth off Tommy borrowed his parents car, and then wrote it off in an accident. His parents were not happy with him.

Nouns often used as objects with write off (2): vehicle, car, truck, motorbike, speedboat, jet-ski

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Max wrote off his brand new Ferrari in

a. an auto magazine

b. an accident

c. a writing competition

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