lose the thread


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lose the thread (of something)

to not be able to understand what someone is saying because you are not giving it all your attention Jeb wasn't listening at all and lost the thread of what his father was saying.
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lose the thread

to stop understanding something someone says or something you are reading because it is too complicated or because you cannot concentrate When he started quoting Martin Luther King, I completely lost the thread of his argument.
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lose the thread

Cease to follow the sense of what is said. For example, It was such a long story that I soon lost the thread. This expression uses thread in the sense of "something that connects the various points of a narrative." [Mid-1900s]
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Each version is captivating, yet the unabridged edition is sometimes weighed down with minutia in the depiction of each agonizing step, to the point where inattentive listeners may lose the thread of thought from beginning to end of a segment.
This led him to lose the thread of a conversation in a way that people who did not know him could misinterpret for evasiveness.
I start looking at things behind them, which is off-putting because I lose the thread of what I want to say and that throws them, too.
Englund does, however, tend to lose the thread of rational thought and to drift in a sea of footnotes, e.
It is, however, easy in such profusion of material for the reader to lose the thread of the argument, despite the use of a scientific style of organization, with divisions and subdivisions of each section, rather than conventional chapters.
And that if you lose the thread of this intimacy, both your soul and your whole world might subsist forever in some desert-like state of ontological impoverishment.
In addition to his bravura style and interesting authorial choices (Stephenson tells each of his narratives in the present tense, regardless of when they occur chronologically), the book is so tightly plotted that you never lose the thread.
Val McDermid has been a journalist for a long time and knows how to tell a story and how to give all the facts but never to lose the thread of the story or to become boring.
When humanity itself becomes threatened with an easy faith, when we give a wink to all genuine value, when we lose the thread of "the umbilical bond that binds it (us) always to Being" (p.