cut one's losses


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cut (one's) losses

To leave a troubling or failing situation before it gets worse. Man, this venture is going nowhere—I think we're better off cutting our losses than agreeing to rent this space for another year.
See also: cut, 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
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The first is to cut one's losses and leave the market, which is a move that won't do much to A & P's status with analysts and other industry observers.