[ lawst, lost ]
/ lɔst, lɒst /


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.
1 forfeited, gone, missing.
3 confused, perplexed.
4 squandered.
Related formsun·lost, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for get lost


/ (lɒst) /


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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 (1 of 2)

get lost

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

Idioms and Phrases with get lost (2 of 2)


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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