adjective Date: 1978 presenting two options both of which put one at a disadvantage <
a lose-lose proposition

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  • lose-lose — «LOOZ LOOZ», adjective. 1. that all parties to a conflict lose: »For men and women, this is mostly a lose lose combat (Time). 2. involving a complete loss: »In the best Hollywood tradition…a clear “win win” position for the “good guy” (US) and a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose-lose — adj. Lose lose is used with these nouns: ↑situation …   Collocations dictionary

  • lose–lose — …   Useful english dictionary

  • not lose lose no sleep over something — not lose ˈsleep/lose no ˈsleep over sth idiom to not worry much about sth • It s not worth losing sleep over. Main entry: ↑sleepidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose — W1S1 [lu:z] v past tense and past participle lost [lɔst US lo:st] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(stop having attitude/quality etc)¦ 2¦(not win)¦ 3¦(cannot find something)¦ 4¦(stop having something)¦ 5¦(death)¦ 6¦(money)¦ 7 have nothing to lose 8¦(time)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lose — [luːz] verb lost PTandPP [lɒst ǁ lɒːst] losing PRESPART [transitive] 1. to stop having something any more, or to have less of it: • The industry has lost 60,000 jobs. • After a boardroom battle, Dixon lost control of the company …   Financial and business terms

  • Lose — (l[=oo]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lost} (l[o^]st; 115) p. pr. & vb. n. {Losing} (l[=oo]z [i^]ng).] [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. le[ o]san, p. p. loren (in comp.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lose face — To lose prestige • • • Main Entry: ↑face lose face see under ↑face • • • Main Entry: ↑lose * * * lose face phrase to no longer impress people or be respected by them, especially by showing that you are not in control of a situation …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose the plot — (informal) 1. To be at a loss, lose one s way 2. To lose one s temper 3. To become insane • • • Main Entry: ↑plot * * * informal lose one s ability to understand or cope with what is happening many people believe that he is feeling the strain or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose your head — phrase to become so upset or worried that you stop thinking clearly or behaving in a sensible way I’m afraid at that point I lost my head and panicked. Thesaurus: to worry or feel nervous about somethingsynonym Main entry: lose * * * lose your… …   Useful english dictionary

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