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garbage in, garbage out

  • Phrase used to indicate that the value of the output is a direct result of the value of the input. (Used almost exclusively in instances in which the output was undesirable or useless.) Origin: the Information Technology industry.
    Person A: I got an F on my Research paper.

    Person B: Well, you used poor sources. Garbage in, garbage out.

    Last edited on May 14 2011. Submitted by Anonymous on Sep 30 2003.

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