loop

1
[ loop ]
/ lup /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. looney,
  2. loonie,
  3. loony,
  4. loony bin,
  5. loony tunes,
  6. loop aerial,
  7. loop diuretic,
  8. loop knot,
  9. loop of henle,
  10. loop of spinal nerves

Idioms

    in/out of the loop, included in or excluded from a group of people who receive the latest information about something: She’s often out of the loop on policy decisions.
    throw/knock for a loop, to astonish or upset: Her quitting the project really threw me for a loop.

Origin of loop

1
1350–1400; Middle English loupe loop of cloth, perhaps < Scots Gaelic lub loop, bend

Can be confusedloop loupe

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British Dictionary definitions for throw for a loop

loop

1
/ (luːp) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for loop

C14: loupe, origin unknown

loop

2
/ (luːp) /

noun

an archaic word for loophole

Word Origin for loop

C14: perhaps related to Middle Dutch lupen to watch, peer

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Word Origin and History for throw for a loop
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Medicine definitions for throw for a loop

loop

[ lōōp ]

n.

A curve or bend in a cord or other cylindrical body, forming an oval or circular ring.
A type of loop-shaped intrauterine device.

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Idioms and Phrases with throw for a loop

throw for a loop

see knock for a loop.

loop

see in the loop; knock for a loop.

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