lose the thread

Cease to follow the sense of what is said. For example, It was such a long story that I soon lost the thread. This expression uses thread in the sense of “something that connects the various points of a narrative.” [Mid-1900s]


Nearby words

  1. lose one's touch,
  2. lose oneself in,
  3. lose out,
  4. lose sight of,
  5. lose sleep over,
  6. lose time,
  7. lose touch,
  8. lose track,
  9. losel,
  10. loser

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