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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Chayin Rujiratana said: "I am lost for words to express how I feel.
And speaking after Rashford was abused at the weekend, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "I am lost for words if it keeps going.
"I am lost for words. These people keep hiding behind fake identities.
'This loss has deprived us all; I am lost for words today, devastated to learn that Shaheed Amanullah with his friends and innocent grandson have been brutally killed in the middle of the night,' said Sardar Mengal while expressing his grief on Twitter.
(I am lost for words because I am really amazed at her and the whole team behind her success.)'
"It is not very often that I am lost for words but I couldn't believe it, to say I was shocked is the understatement of the year," she said.
"I am lost for words," said Keys head coach Stoddart.
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 1.1 million residents.
"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.
IT is not that often that I am lost for words but it did happen for a short while on Sunday afternoon.