lose (one's) shirt


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lose (one's) shirt

To lose a significant amount (often all of) one's money. This is my last chance—I'll lose my shirt if this business venture fails.
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lose one's shirt

Fig. to lose a lot of money; to lose all of one's assets (as if one had even lost one's shirt). I almost lost my shirt on that deal. I have to invest more wisely. No, I can't loan you $200. I just lost my shirt at the racetrack.
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lose one's shirt

Face financial ruin, go bankrupt, as in He lost his shirt in the last recession. This expression implies one has lost even one's shirt. [Early 1900s]
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lose your shirt

lose all your possessions, especially as the result of unwise financial transactions. informal
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lose your ˈshirt

(informal) lose all or a lot of your money and possessions: ‘How did you two get on at the races?’ ‘I won $300 and Paul lost his shirt.’ OPPOSITE: make a killing
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lose (one's) shirt

Slang
To lose everything one has or owns.
See also: lose, shirt