lose out


verb informal

(intr, adverb) to be defeated or unsuccessful
lose out on to fail to secure or make use ofwe lost out on the sale

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Idioms and Phrases with lose out

lose out

1

Fail to succeed, be defeated, as in The election's over, and you've lost out. [Mid-1800s]

2

Also, lose out on or in. Miss an opportunity to participate, as in We came so late that we lost out on our chance to see her dance, or The Republicans lost out in last fall's elections. [Colloquial; mid-1900s] Also see miss out on.

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