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[loo-zing] /ˈlu zɪŋ/
causing or suffering loss.
losings, losses.
Origin of losing
before 950; Middle English, Old English; see lose, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
losingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The bank pays in ready money every successful stake and sweeps off the losings with wooden instruments, called rateaux (rakes).

  • Frank's luck seemed to have deserted him, but at first his losings were just heavy enough to provoke without alarming him.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums Burt L. Standish
  • I find, on going to tiffin at Jack Apsley's, that Mrs. Jack has heard all about the winnings and losings at the club.

  • They called the game, raked up the winnings, or paid the losings, without changing a muscle of their features.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • His cheek twitched painfully as he thought of the huge amount of his losings to Lablache.

  • But, do you know, there's something running in my head about losings and findings that I've been hearing.

    The Girls and I Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • I can't make money off the losings of my friends, whom I have ruined to make your deal succeed.

    Making Money Owen Johnson
  • I myself, having settled up all my losings at roulette, was a gainer of fifty sovereigns or so.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • A man, said Piper loftily, should take his losings without squealing.

  • Dorothy joined Lady Carlisle before our absence had been noted, and began to banter Fitzpatrick upon his losings.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for losings


plural noun
losses, esp money lost in gambling


unprofitable; failing: the business was a losing concern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for losings


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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