lose out
intransitive verb Date: circa 1858 to fail to win in competition ; fail to receive an expected reward or gain

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lose out — {v.} To fail to win; miss first place in a contest; lose to a rival. * /John lost out in the rivalry for Mary s hand in marriage./ * /Fred didn t want to lose out to the other salesman./ Compare: MISS OUT. Contrast: WIN OUT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lose out — {v.} To fail to win; miss first place in a contest; lose to a rival. * /John lost out in the rivalry for Mary s hand in marriage./ * /Fred didn t want to lose out to the other salesman./ Compare: MISS OUT. Contrast: WIN OUT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lose out — meaning ‘to be unsuccessful’, is recorded in AmE from the mid 19c and is now common in BrE as well. It has various shades of meaning, and is not simply a synonym for lose. Followed by on, it means ‘not to get a fair chance in’: • Like most birds… …   Modern English usage

  • lose out — (on (something)) to fail to get something desired, esp. in a competitive situation. We re losing out on major economic opportunities that would be good for the whole city. If we don t act quickly, we ll lose out …   New idioms dictionary

  • lose out — lose a chance, fail to take advantage of    If I don t apply now, I ll lose out. This is my last chance …   English idioms

  • lose out — ► lose out be disadvantaged. Main Entry: ↑lose …   English terms dictionary

  • lose out — BE DEPRIVED OF AN OPPORTUNITY, fail to benefit, be disadvantaged, be the loser. → lose * * * intransitive verb : to fail to win in competition : fail to receive an expected reward or gain afraid of losing out to more unscrupulous competitors lost …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose out — v. 1) (D; intr.) to lose out on (to lose out on a deal) 2) (D; intr.) to lose out to (she lost out to her rival) * * * [ luːz aʊt] (D; intr.) to lose out to (she lost out to her rival) (D; intr.) to lose out on (to lose out on a deal) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • lose out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms lose out : present tense I/you/we/they lose out he/she/it loses out present participle losing out past tense lost out past participle lost out to not get a benefit that someone else is getting The proposal… …   English dictionary

  • lose out — UK US lose out Phrasal Verb with lose({{}}/luːz/ verb (lost, lost) ► [I] to not have an advantage that others have: lose out on sth »I have lost out on tax free income from £1,500 worth of shares, which I need now I am retired. ► to not get… …   Financial and business terms

  • lose\ out — v To fail to win; miss first place in a contest; lose to a rival. John lost out in the rivalry for Mary s hand in marriage. Fred didn t want to lose out to the other salesman. Compare: miss out Contrast: win out …   Словарь американских идиом

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