(redirected from losses)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to losses: Hysteresis losses

loss of face

The state or circumstance of having lost the respect of other people, as due to having done something improper or unacceptable. After my terrible loss of face in front of the in-laws, I knew I couldn't return to their home for the foreseeable future.
See also: face, loss, of

write off (one's) losses

1. To record one's financial losses during the accounting process. We've had such a rough third quarter that being able to write off our losses for a tax break is the only upside.
2. By extension, to move on from a situation that has gone badly. I started out as an engineering major, but after failing all of my classes, I decided to write off my losses and switch to communications.
See also: loss, off, write

acceptable damage

 and acceptable losses
Euph. casualties or destruction inflicted by an enemy that is considered minor or tolerable. At present, the enemy's first-strike capability would produce acceptable damage. The general indicated that the fifty thousand casualties were within the range of acceptable losses.
See also: damage

at a loss (for words)

Fig. unable to speak; speechless or befuddled. I was so surprised that I was at a loss for words. Tom was terribly confused—really at a loss.
See also: loss

cut one's losses

to do something to stop a loss of something. I knew I had to do something to cut my losses, but it was almost too late. Sell some of the high-priced stuff to cut your losses.
See also: cut, loss

dead loss

a total loss. My investment was a dead loss. This car is a dead loss after the accident.
See also: dead, loss

One man's loss is another man's gain.

Prov. When one person loses something, another person gets it. (You can substitute appropriate names or pronouns for the phrases one man's and another man's, as in the second example.) Mike found a five-dollar bill on the sidewalk. "One man's loss is another man's gain," he thought to himself, as he took the money. Jane: Andy just got fired. Jill: I know. And Andy's loss is my gain; I'm getting promoted to his job!
See also: another, gain, loss, one

throw someone for a loss

to cause someone to be uncertain or confused. (Often passive.) The stress of being in front of so many people threw Ann for a loss. She forgot her speech. It was a difficult problem. I was thrown for a loss for an answer.
See also: loss, throw

at a loss

unable to know how to act or what to do He felt totally at a loss about how to proceed with the making of a dictionary.
See also: loss

at a loss for words

unable to think of something to say lost for words If I was alone with her, I'd feel at a loss for words.
Usage notes: usually this happens because you are surprised
See also: loss, word

cut your losses

to stop wasting time or money on something by ending your connection to it When a project is failing, you've got to learn to cut your losses and move on.
See also: cut, loss

cut your losses

to stop doing something that is already failing in order to reduce the amount of time or money that is being wasted on it I wasn't benefiting from the course and it was costing so much that I thought I'd better cut my losses.
See also: cut, loss

be a dead loss

1. (informal) if something or someone is a dead loss, they disappoint you because they are of bad quality or because they are not able to do what you want them to do The meeting was a dead loss. We didn't come to a single decision. He may have been a great poet, but he was a dead loss as a husband.
2. (informal) to be very bad at a particular activity or subject (sometimes + at ) I was an absolute dead loss at sport when I was at school.
See also: dead, loss

be at a loss

to not know what to do or say (usually + to do sth) He won't accept financial help from me so I'm at a loss to know what to do. For once I found myself completely at a loss for words. (= I did not know what to say)
See also: loss

at a loss

1. Below cost, as in The store was doing so badly that it was selling merchandise at a loss.
2. Puzzled, perplexed, in a state of uncertainty, as in When his letters were returned unopened, John was at a loss as to what to do next. This usage was originally applied to hounds who had lost the scent or track of their prey. [Mid-1600s]
3. at a loss for words. Unable or uncertain as to what to say. For example, Father's tirade left us all at a loss for words. [Late 1600s]
See also: loss

cut one's losses

Withdraw from a losing situation, as in They decided to close down the unprofitable branch and cut their losses. This expression uses cut in the sense of "reduce" (also see cut down, def. 2).
See also: cut, loss

dead loss

1. A total loss, as in They've changed the currency, so these old coins are a dead loss. [Early 1700s]
2. A worthless person or thing; also, an utter waste of time. For example, With an injured knee he's a dead loss to the team, or It rained every day, so our week at the beach was a dead loss. [1920s]
See also: dead, loss

cut one’s losses

tv. to do something to stop a loss of something. I knew I had to do something to cut my losses, but it was almost too late.
See also: cut, loss

cut (one's) losses

To withdraw from a losing situation.
See also: cut, loss

at a loss

1. Below cost: sold the merchandise at a loss.
2. Perplexed; puzzled: I am at a loss to understand those remarks.
See also: loss
References in periodicals archive ?
ILWs are primarily used to protect against property risk, property catastrophe, marine, aviation, satellite losses, terrorism and workers' compensation catastrophe.
By taking a large paper loss on a stock or a mutual fund right away, an investor can build up a "bank" of tax losses that can be used to offset future gains.
Institutions should continue to maintain conservative allowance levels within a reasonable range of estimated credit losses, and banks can reserve at the high end of the range if it is management's best estimate.
With the addition of other stressors such as the emotional reactions to several losses and coping with reactions of family and friends, a great deal of unavailable energy may be required.
Service providers, such as counselors, medical professionals, and rehabilitation workers, must be able to talk openly and honestly with older adults with sensory losses about the future, to encourage and teach planning, and, when necessary, to facilitate the planning process.
Third-Party Losses -- Decide how each potential calamity will affect employees, customers, suppliers and other third parties.
Limits on Use of Passthrough Losses An S corporation passes through corporate losses to be deducted on the shareholders' personal returns.
Department of Treasury, relating to the proposed regulations on dual consolidated losses under section 1503(d) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Investment theft losses that result from nonbusiness, for-profit transactions may qualify for advantageous tax treatment.
Capital and surplus provides financial protection to policyholders in the event that a company suffers unexpected losses.
As is the case with other syndromic hearing losses, a significant number of patients with Waardenburg's s syndrome have both low- and high-frequency hearing losses and impairments, as indicated by U-shaped audiograms.
Even mild hearing losses were found to impose negative effects on function.
If the taxpayer has losses which qualify under the At-Risk provisions, he must then look to the Passive Activity loss limitation rules which became
Doral Financial's results of operations for the first six months of 2006 were principally impacted by: (1) reduced net interest income due principally to the interest rate environment and the repricing and maturity mismatch in the Company's assets and liabilities, (2) a net loss on mortgage loan sales and fees due to market value adjustments on the Company's held for sale portfolio, losses related to the restructuring of mortgage loan transfers to local financial institutions and lower margins on sales of mortgage loans, (3) increased expenses associated with the Company's restatement and reengineering initiative, and (4) a change in tax position from a tax expense for the first six months of 2005 to a tax benefit for the first six months of 2006.