- 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
Synonyms for loss
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Examples from the Web for loss
Contemporary Examples of loss
How do you celebrate when happy occasions are colored by loss and absence?
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.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
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?
January 4, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of loss
She might die, and if he ever returned it would be to realize the loss he had sustained.Brave and Bold
Was it not over soon after the loss of the good grandmother?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I am glad you mentioned that word, because we should have been at a loss what to have called it.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The saddest part of loss, I think, is that one so soon gets over it.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
His loss before the fort was about one hundred and fifty men.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
- 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
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.
see at a loss; cut one's losses; dead loss.