total

American and Australian English
This page is about the slang term total.

Meaning: to completely destroy, to wreck

For example:

  • My son was in an accident last night, and thankfully he wasn't hurt. He totalled our car, though.

  • Mandy's car was totalled when a huge tree fell on it in the hurricane.

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

Quick Quiz:

My car was totalled, so I'll have to

a. buy another one

b. drive it home

c. clean it up

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Contributor: Matt Errey