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]
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How to use lose time in a sentence
You will not wonder that I lose time and catch at every hope, rather than involve myself in that labyrinth of Chicane and expense.Private Letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 1 (of 2) | Edward Gibbon
Well, he could die but once; this whole affair was detestably risky; he must not lose time in shuddering over the first steps.Overland | John William De Forest
But we lose time; select your men, let them be the bravest and most active you have—their weapons may be needed.Confessions of a Thug | Philip Meadows Taylor
Troubridge's ships were to call off Palermo for further instructions, but not to lose time by coming to anchor there.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
Not to lose time, our hero took the night train for the metropolis.From Farm to Fortune | Horatio Alger Jr.