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be losing it
To start becoming crazy, insane, or mentally unstable. I just can't seem to keep my thoughts organized anymore, and I keep forgetting names and things people have told me. I think I'm losing it!
See also: losing
a losing game
A failing or hopeless effort; a situation or activity that is ultimately futile or cannot be won. (Most often used in the phrase "play a losing game.") I'd give up trying to get your brother to agree to this deal if I were you. It looks like a losing game at this point. You're playing a losing game if you think you can convince Sarah to go to college.
play a losing game
To try persistently and with great effort to do or achieve something that is ultimately doomed to fail. You're playing a losing game if you think you can convince Sarah to go to college. It looks like I'm playing a losing game trying to get a raise from my boss.
lose (one's) faith (in something or someone)
To stop believing (in someone or something); to become disillusioned, embittered, or doubtful (about something or someone). (When said simply as "lose faith," it is often in reference to losing religious faith in God.) The staff have started losing faith in John's ability to manage the restaurant properly. I lost my faith in my friends ever since they turned their backs on me when my husband left. It's not uncommon to lose faith at some point in one's life, but God will reveal himself to you if you're willing to receive Him.
lose no time (in) doing (something)
To do something immediately or as expediently as possible. Wow, Sarah lost no time finding a new boyfriend after she and Rob split up. We have to have the application in by tomorrow morning, so we must lose no time in getting all the signatures we need.
lose (one's) buttons
To be or become mentally deficient, incompetent, or deranged; to become of unsound mind. My poor grandmother started losing her buttons after she had a stroke on her 84th birthday. I've been so sleep deprived lately that it feels like I'm losing my buttons!
(one) can't win for losing
One is unable to find or create any success; one has been constantly and/or thoroughly defeated, bested, belittled, etc., in recent times. So Mary divorced John after their company went under, and then his mother died a week later? Man, that guy can't win for losing lately. That's the third manuscript to be rejected by the publishers; I guess I just can't win for losing.
be (batting) on a losing wicket
To be in a situation in which one is unlikely or unable to win; to be doing something that is likely or certain to fail. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Teachers who try to keep mobile phones out of their classrooms are on a losing wicket these days. The prime minister, knowing his party has been batting on a losing wicket regarding immigration reform, today announced a major U-turn in his position on the matter.
lose (one's) cherry
1. vulgar slang To have sexual intercourse for the first time. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you're absolutely ready before you lose your cherry. Too many people try to pressure you into it from too young an age.
2. vulgar slang To do something for the first time, often that which is particularly daunting, difficult, dangerous, illicit, etc. Somebody pass Marcus the joint, he still needs to lose his cherry tonight! For her birthday, I bought my friend Samantha a voucher so she could lose her cherry sky diving.
lose (one's) footing
1. To stumble and/or fall, typically during a physical activity such as walking. I sprained my ankle when I lost my footing on a hike. Be careful not to lose your footing while you're on the ladder!
2. By extension, to lose one's stability by entering a precarious or unsettling situation. I loved my job, so I really lost my footing when I was laid off. I'm just worried that he'll lose his footing if he drops out of school now—there's no guarantee he'll ever go back.
lose (one's) shit
1. rude slang To lash out emotionally (often angrily). My mom lost her shit when she found out that my sister had taken money from her purse without permission. I never expected Tom to start crying and kicking chairs when he wasn't elected to student council, but he totally lost his shit!
2. rude slang To lose control of one's mental faculties. Why did I get up from my desk? Oh man, I'm definitely losing my shit.
on a losing wicket
In a situation in which one is unlikely or unable to win; doing something that is likely or certain to fail. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Teachers who try to keep mobile phones out of their classrooms are on a losing wicket these days. The prime minister, knowing his party has been batting on a losing wicket regarding immigration reform, today announced a major U-turn in his position on the matter.
lose (one's) head
To lose one's composure and act emotionally or irrationally. You need to calm down before you talk to Larry. You don't want to lose your head before finding out his side of the story. I'm sorry, I lost my head out there. There's no excuse for what I said.
To be defeated by (someone). The victor can be mentioned after "to," or the lost thing can be stated between "lose" and "to." The football team lost to their rivals in the championship game. I can't believe I lost the student council presidency to that doofus!
fight a losing battle
To try persistently and with great effort to do or achieve something that is ultimately doomed to fail. You're fighting a losing battle if you think you can convince Sarah to go to college. It looks like I'm fighting a losing battle trying to get a raise from my boss.
lose (one's) marbles
To be or become mentally deficient, incompetent, or deranged; to become of unsound mind. My poor grandmother started losing her marbles after she had a stroke. I've been so sleep deprived lately that it feels like I've lost my marbles!
a losing battle
A failing or hopeless effort; a situation or activity that is ultimately futile or cannot be won. Most often used in the phrase "fight a losing battle." I'd give up trying to get your brother to agree to this deal if I were you, it looks like a losing battle at this point. You're fighting a losing battle if you think you can convince Sarah to go to college.
lose (one's) cool
To lose control of one's composure, temper, or nerve in a given situation. He really lost his cool when the waiter dropped his food. I really lost my cool during the interview.
lose (one's) temper
To become angered, enraged, or upset due to some provocation; to have an outburst upon losing one's patience. I'm usually a pretty calm person, but whenever I start driving, I find I lose my temper at the slightest inconvenience. When we were kids, my dad lost his temper a lot, but he's mellowed out since then.
lose the thread
To stop understanding or following something, such as an explanation, because one has become distracted or confused. Sorry, can you back up? I lost the thread when you started talking about genes. I think this writer is trying to intentionally make us lose the thread so that the story becomes disorientating.
1. To become angry or emotional. Mom is going to lose it when she gets home and finds out that we broke her vase.
2. To lose abilities that one previously had. A: "I used to be so much better at the guitar, but I feel like I'm losing it." B: "Well, have you been practicing?"
3. To vomit. I thought I was going to lose it out on that boat—I felt so seasick!
1. Sl. to empty one's stomach; to vomit. Oh, God! I think I'm going to lose it! Go lose it in the bushes.
2. Sl. to get angry; to lose one's temper. It was too much for him. Ted lost it. I sat there calmly, biting my lip to keep from losing it.
lose something to someone
to yield or give up something in defeat to someone. We lost the case to the opposing lawyers. Mary lost her title to last year's runner-up.
lose to someone or something
to be defeated by someone or something. I lost to Wendy in the sales contest. Our team lost to the Adamsville Raiders for the seventh year in a row.
Fig. a series of losses [in sports, for instance]. (*Typically: be on ~; have ~; continue one's ~.) The team was on a losing streak that started nearly three years ago.
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]
losing battle, a
Also, a losing game. A failing effort or activity. For example, He's fighting a losing battle against putting on weight, or We think his candidacy is a losing game. These expressions, alluding to actual unsuccessful battles or games, have been used figuratively since the early 1600s. Also see lost cause.
See also: losing
play a losing game
see under losing battle.
be fighting a losing battle
COMMON If you are fighting a losing battle, you are trying to achieve something, but you are very unlikely to succeed. Recent research by doctors in Los Angeles suggests that very overweight dieters may be fighting a losing battle. Theatres compete with the movies and DVDs and they're fighting a losing battle.
1. If someone loses it, they become extremely angry or upset. I completely lost it. I was shouting and swearing.
2. If someone loses it, they become unable to do something they are usually able to do. He walked on stage, looked out into the audience and just lost it. He forgot the words and started to make up completely different ones.
lose itlose control of your temper or emotions. informal
2004 Independent I talk calmly, and then I lose it and start ranting angrily.
a losing battlea struggle that is bound to end in failure.
lose the (or your) threadbe unable to follow what someone is saying or remember what you are going to say next.
fight a ˌlosing ˈbattletry without success to achieve or prevent something: I’m fighting a losing battle with my weight. I can’t lose any. ♢ The police are fighting a losing battle against car theft.
ˈlose it(spoken) be unable to stop yourself from crying, laughing, etc.; become crazy: Then she just lost it completely and started screaming.
1. tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (Collegiate.) Oh, God! I think I’m going to lose it!
2. tv. to get angry; to lose one’s temper; lose control. I sat there calmly, biting my lip to keep from losing it.
1. To become very angry or emotionally upset.
2. To become deranged or mentally disturbed.
3. To become less capable or proficient; decline: He can still play tennis well. He hasn't lost it yet.