- at less than cost; at a financial loss.
- in a state of bewilderment or uncertainty; puzzled; perplexed: We are completely at a loss for an answer to the problem.
Origin of loss
Examples from the Web for loss
One topic that comes up among the members, she says, is dealing with loss years later.
To look at her in tears was to behold the enormity of her loss.
One specific kind of emergency is at the heart of this, such as when an airplane suffers a loss of stability at night.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The loss of this “expectation” game began his decline and ultimate withdrawal from the race.
The fear of its loss can alone teach us the true value of our treasure.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia|William Gilmore Simms
I was at a loss to know whether he was the prince or not, but he seemed to expect me.
In the latter part of winter, my only cow sickened and died, a loss which we seriously felt.Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow|Eliza R. Snow Smith
Suddenly, with the trout almost under the bank, the angler paused and looked about him, at a loss.The Arrival of Jimpson|Ralph Henry Barbour
It appears that there is a powerful moral effect that follows this loss, as might, in the majority, be anticipated.History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present|Peter Charles Remondino
British Dictionary definitions for loss
- an occurrence of something that has been insured against, thus giving rise to a claim by a policyholder
- the amount of the resulting claim
- uncertain what to do; bewildered
- rendered helpless (for lack of something)at a loss for words
- at less than the cost of buying, producing, or maintaining (something)the business ran at a loss for several years
Word Origin for loss
Word Origin and History for loss
Old English los "loss, destruction," from Proto-Germanic *lausa- (see lose). The modern word, however, probably evolved 14c. with a weaker sense, from lost, the original past participle of lose. Phrase at a loss (1590s) originally refers to hounds losing the scent. To cut (one's) losses is from 1885, originally in finance.
Idioms and Phrases with loss
see at a loss; cut one's losses; dead loss.