be lost for words

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be lost for words

To be unable to speak or articulate a coherent thought, typically because one is surprised. When I got the call that my straight-A-student daughter had been arrested for breaking into the school, I was lost for words. When I found out that my coworkers had taken a collection to help pay for my medical bills, I was lost for words.
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be lost (or at a loss) for words

be so surprised, confused, or upset that you cannot think what to say.
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be lost for ˈwords

be so surprised, confused, etc. that you do not know what to say: When he told me what she’d done to him I was lost for words.
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I am lost for words, telling myself 'Wow, ang gagaling talaga nila (they're really good).
Commenting on his win, Mani said: "I am lost for words and I still can't believe that I won a US$1 million.
I am lost for words, really," Onaga added, reacting to recent incidents on the island, which is home to nearly 1.
Frankly I am lost for words and I would like to shame those that think it is OK to repeatedly steal from children.
Frankly, I am lost for words and I would like to shame those that think it is OK to repeatedly steal from children.
I am lost for words - I don't think I have ever been lost for words," said James, who will also compete in the women's sprint on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
IT is not that often that I am lost for words but it did happen for a short while on Sunday afternoon.
The Ospreys winger said: "It is my biggest achievement by far, I am lost for words really.
I am lost for words at this stage; he (Murray) is a man of steel, isn't he?
Before the first Oyster World Rally started, 43 Oyster yachts had received their Oyster Circumnavigation Award and it gives me great pleasure to give out 23 more today and I am lost for words to describe how amazing that is.
After studying this year's list of BAFTA nominations, Robin said: "I am lost for words, that Gravity is classified as a British film, but I should not be surprised.
After the announcement of this year's list of BAFTA nominations, Mr Dutta said: "I am lost for words, that Gravity is classified as a British film, but I should not be surprised.
Kim, who won gold medal last year at the Vancouver Olympics, told The Associated Press, ''I am lost for words about now.
It becomes a means to a means and now already I am lost for words in the enormity of the misery and the enormity of our task -- that would be OUR task -- as in each one of us human beings -- especially those of us who are well-fed, well-housed, relatively safe and secure each day and night.