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I understand that in this case 'englouti' means that the funds have been "eaten up" or "gobbled up" but I am unsure if 'à perte' adds anything extra. I originally thought of the funds being "bled/sucked dry" but don't want to depart too much from the French meaning.
Ceci est souvent problématique puisque le FCFC se retrouve avec des emprunts non remboursés et/ou des fonds de bases / escadre ont été engloutis à perte puisqu’ils sont les premiers responsables de l’emprunt.
I love this one:
"... least of which was several thousand smackers raised for the Duck Defense Fund. .... Contacts were made and the matter then **disappeared into the void** of ..." www.povonline.com/cols/COL006.htm
B D Finch France Local time: 20:20 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 52