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lose (some amount of) time

To waste or squander some amount of time, the amount of which typically being left somewhat vague. The racer lost a lot of time having to change the tire of his bike so early on, but he'll have plenty of chances to catch up. We lost so much time dealing with paperwork and legal issues that I don't know if we'll even be able to meet our deadline at this point.
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lose time

1. For a watch or clock to not work or function properly. My watch keeps losing time—it must need a new battery
2. To waste or squander time or be delayed when there is a limited amount of time or a deadline. Hey, turn here—there's a traffic jam on the highway so we'll lose time if we go that way. The reshoot caused us to lose time, but we're still on track to meet the deadline.
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lose time

1. Operate too slowly. For example, My watch loses time, or This clock loses five minutes a day. This usage is always applied to a timepiece. [Mid-1800s]
2. Waste time, delay, as in We wanted to paint the entire porch today, but we lost time trying to find a color that matched the house . This expression is sometimes put negatively as lose no time, meaning "act immediately" or "not delay," as in We must lose no time in getting him to the hospital. [Late 1500s] Also see make up for lost time.
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lose time

1. To operate too slowly. Used of a timepiece.
2. To delay advancement.
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Iowa passed a law in March that changes schools to required hours to recover lost time, Christie says.
The Lost Time How silently our lost time Slipped by and we did not know That it was to be the last chime Of our clock saying "time to go" Carried by winds which took me away From the things which mattered the most All the dreams which I had fallen into decay All my hopes turned to so many ghosts.
He said: "Hopefully the injury problems are out of the way because I''m ready to go and make up for lost time."
Records of heat-related work-related illness for a complete population of occupationally-active adults aged 15-64 years in the province of Ontario were obtained from two independent sources: a census of allowed lost time compensation claims registered with the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) and a census of emergency department encounter records where the illness was attributed to a workplace cause.
But the CBT added the department figures also showed that removing BSOG would cost the economy PS3.7 billion in lost time and revenue.
Qatargas Jetty Boil-off Gas (JBOG) Recovery project recently hit the ten million man-hours without lost time injury mark in a major feat welcomed by its chief executive Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
However, with a clear pace advantage over his teammate, Narain was looking forward to regain the lost time on fresh tyres.
2 received top honors for a large underground mine working approximately 174,000 hours without a lost time accident;
Jeffery Johnson, an independent Proust scholar with a creative and scientific background, studies development and empowerment of creativity in Marcel Proust's series of novels, In Search of Lost Time. He considers Proust's creative idealism as a driving factor in his Romantic conception of the origin of the work of art; Marcel's search for "lost time" as a search for spiritual unity; mind and body, identity and the cinematic view of life; how Marcel's lack of this unity drives the series of novels; involuntary genius; the autobiographic character of In Search of Lost Time; and how the concept of the "fourth dimension" provides Proust with a foundation for "writing in the dimension of Time." Johnson is also concerned with Proust's real-life inspiration for writing these novels.
Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Aluminium (Emal) said it has achieved a major milestone with a record production of 500,000 tonnes of the hot metal in the last seven months with more than 10 million work-hours and zero Lost Time Injuries (LTI).
* Palmarejo Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico 1,233,880 employee hours worked without a lost time accident;
DOLPHIN Energy Limited Qatar hs announced that it had reached 10 million man hours without a lost time injury between the period of February 2009 to July 2011.
Eriez announced that May 19, 2011, marked 1,000 days that Eriez Headquarters employees have worked without a lost time accident.
In California, the stores other than Lowe's and Home Depot averaged a lost time injury rate of 2.3.
Fabricom GDF SUEZ at the Wilton International site, has achieved a million man hours of work without a lost time accident.