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1‘their new product turned out to be a complete dud’
failure, flop, let-down, disappointment
British damp squib
washout, lemon, loser, no-hoper, non-starter, dead loss, dead duck, lead balloon, fail
North American clinker
1‘a dud typewriter ribbon’
defective, faulty, unsound, inoperative, broken, broken-down, not working, not in working order, not functioning, malfunctioning, failed
bust, busted, kaput, on its last legs, conked out, done for
British duff, knackered
British vulgar slang buggered
in working order
2‘he payed with a dud £50 note’
counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, fake, faked, false, bogus, spurious
bad, invalid, worthless
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