loss

[laws, los]
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noun


Idioms

    at a loss,
    1. at less than cost; at a financial loss.
    2. in a state of bewilderment or uncertainty; puzzled; perplexed: We are completely at a loss for an answer to the problem.

Origin of loss

before 900; Middle English; Old English los destruction; cognate with Old Norse los looseness, breaking up. See lose, loose
Related formspre·loss, noun
Can be confusedloose loosen lose loss

Synonyms for loss

Antonyms for loss

1. gain.
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Contemporary Examples of losses

Historical Examples of losses

  • These losses are doubtless irreparable so far as the stocks in question are concerned.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The losses in New York City alone were said to be fifty millions.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • If he could have a bet on The Dutchman he would surely recoup his losses.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • It is to these circumstances that most of the losses were due.

  • The losses sustained by the Brigade were indisputably most severe.


British Dictionary definitions for losses

loss

noun

the act or an instance of losing
the disadvantage or deprivation resulting from losinga loss of reputation
the person, thing, or amount losta large loss
(plural) military personnel lost by death or capture
(sometimes plural) the amount by which the costs of a business transaction or operation exceed its revenue
a measure of the power lost in an electrical system expressed as the ratio of or difference between the input power and the output power
insurance
  1. an occurrence of something that has been insured against, thus giving rise to a claim by a policyholder
  2. the amount of the resulting claim
at a loss
  1. uncertain what to do; bewildered
  2. rendered helpless (for lack of something)at a loss for words
  3. at less than the cost of buying, producing, or maintaining (something)the business ran at a loss for several years

Word Origin for loss

C14: noun probably formed from lost, past participle of losen to perish, from Old English lōsian to be destroyed, from los destruction
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Word Origin and History for losses

loss

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with losses

loss

see at a loss; cut one's losses; dead loss.

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