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collateral
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1  —as in:
collateral for a loan
Definition something of value pledged for the repayment of a loan
  • They pledged their home as collateral.
collateral = something of value pledged for the repayment of a loan
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The bank wouldn't lend them money because they didn't have anything to pledge as collateral.
  • collateral = something of value pledged for the repayment of a loan
  • And he knew that the banks did not want his collateral which they held.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
collateral = something of value pledged for the repayment of a loan

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2  —as in:
collateral evidence
Definition accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
  • In addition to the fingerprints, there was other collateral evidence.
collateral = accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In addition to short-term profitability, we need to consider numerous collateral issues that arise from outsourcing.
  • collateral = accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
  • I kept half a dozen membership cards working in the free library and did an immense amount of collateral reading.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • collateral = accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
  • I had ninety pounds a year (exclusive of my house-rent and sundry collateral matters) from my aunt.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • collateral = accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
  • ...of any collateral or remote branch of your ladyship's family?
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • collateral = accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
  • In his bright radiance and collateral light
    Shakespeare, William  --  All's Well that End's Well
  • collateral = accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
  • But as you and Frank have made a little money, I know you'll never be driven to me again with any interesting propositions of loans and collaterals.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But Helen's laugh rang true, as she raised a soapy hand to heaven and swore that never, nowhere and nohow, would she again fall in love with any of the Wilcox family, down to its remotest collaterals.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End

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3  —as in:
collateral damage in the battle
Definition unintentional damage to life or property — usually as a result of an act of war
  • They risked bombing from low altitude to try to minimize collateral damage.
collateral damage = unintentional damage to life or property — usually as a result of an act of war
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He is liable for direct damage both to your chimneys and any collateral damage caused by fall of bricks into garden, etc.
    Kipling, Rudyard  --  Actions and Reactions
  • collateral damage = unintentional damage to life or property — usually as a result of an act of war
  • Collateral damage, Rafa had said.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • collateral damage = unintentional damage to life or property — usually as a result of an act of war
  • More like me are coming, and I can guarantee the collateral damage they do will make what I did to your friend seem downright charitable.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • To call them 'collateral damage' and not even try to count the numbers of the dead.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Should we send a drone to kill him, considering the likelihood of moderate collateral damage?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It should be enough time to ensure minimal collateral damage.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • That was his claim, at the time—now I think he probably felt the collateral damage was worth the end result.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Collateral damage, he thought.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • She had not wanted their family to become collateral damage in a war that had no discernible fronts, no real shape, and no rules.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun

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