[lawst, lost]


verb (used with or without object)

simple past tense and past participle of lose.


    get lost, Slang.
    1. to absent oneself: I think I'll get lost before an argument starts.
    2. to stop being a nuisance: If they call again, tell them to get lost.
    lost to,
    1. no longer belonging to.
    2. no longer possible or open to: The opportunity was lost to him.
    3. insensible to: lost to all sense of duty.
Related formsun·lost, adjective

Synonyms for lost

1. forfeited, gone, missing. 3. confused, perplexed. 4. squandered.

Antonyms for lost

1. found.
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British Dictionary definitions for get lost



unable to be found or recovered
unable to find one's way or ascertain one's whereabouts
confused, bewildered, or helplesshe is lost in discussions of theory
(sometimes foll by on) not utilized, noticed, or taken advantage of (by)rational arguments are lost on her
no longer possessed or existing because of defeat, misfortune, or the passage of timea lost art
destroyed physicallythe lost platoon
(foll by to) no longer available or open (to)
(foll by to) insensible or impervious (to a sense of shame, justice, etc)
(foll by in) engrossed (in)he was lost in his book
morally fallena lost woman
damneda lost soul
get lost (usually imperative) informal go away and stay away
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Word Origin and History for get lost



"defeated," c.1300; "wasted, spent in vain," c.1500; also "no longer to be found" (1520s), from past participle of lose. Lost Cause in reference to the Southern U.S. bid for independence is from the title of E.A. Pollard's history of the CSA and the rebellion (1866). Lost Generation in reference to the period 1914-18 first attested 1926 in Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," where he credits it to Gertrude Stein.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with get lost

get lost

Go away, as in Get lost, we don't want you around. This rather rude slangy imperative dates from the 1940s.


In addition to the idioms beginning with lost

  • lost cause
  • lost in the shuffle
  • lost in thought
  • lost on one

also see:

  • get lost
  • he who hesitates is lost
  • make up for lost time
  • no love lost
  • you've lost me

Also seelose.

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