Operate too slowly. For example, My watch loses time, or This clock loses five minutes a day. This usage is always applied to a timepiece. [Mid-1800s]
Waste time, delay, as in We wanted to paint the entire porch today, but we lost time trying to find a color that matched the house. This expression is sometimes put negatively as lose no time, meaning “act immediately” or “not delay,” as in We must lose no time in getting him to the hospital. [Late 1500s] Also see make up for lost time.
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Thus, more time is spent organization and obtaining ones free of failings.
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'
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About this time the famous Philippine painter, Juan Luna (vide p. 195), was released after six monthsʼ imprisonment as a suspect.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.
Now, it immediately occurred to Davy that he had never in his whole life had all the plums he wanted at any one time.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl