One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(especially of a deposit paid) not repayable in any circumstances.
- ‘Now its committee, which is understood to have spent most of the £600,000 non-returnable deposit it received on Claro Road, must decide whether it can afford to appeal against Harrogate Council's decision.’
- ‘They would do us all a favour if they did not enter the competition in the first place or face a non-returnable entry fee.’
- ‘First you have to fill in a whole bunch of forms and sent them to ICANN with a $1,000 non-returnable fee.’
- ‘The going rate, non-returnable, was 10 shillings - a social obligation rather than a favour.’
- ‘The complainant must fill out a form, a copy of which must be given to the hedge owner, and pay a non-returnable fee to the local authority.’
- 1.1 (of bottles or other containers) not intended to be returned empty to the suppliers.
- ‘Among the major pollutants in the town are non-returnable beer bottles and cans.’
- ‘Until we change the packaging to non-returnable bottles it is difficult for us to do so,’ he said.’
- ‘I wondered what on earth a self-proclaimed organic gardener was doing with a stock of resource-squandering, non-returnable containers in the first place.’
- ‘The company has the Zambian franchise to produce non-returnable bottles for all Coca-Cola products in the country.’
- ‘Consumers pay more for goods in non-returnable containers or that have excessive packaging.’
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