lose (one's) edge

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lose (one's) edge

To lose the skills, conviction, or energy that helped make one a success before. At one point I was considered one of the best tennis players in North America, but I lost my edge during college.
See also: edge, lose
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lose your edge

COMMON If someone or something loses their edge, they no longer have the special skills, qualities or advantages that they had in the past. As a company, they had lost their competitive edge. Its critics say the magazine is out of date and has lost its edge. Note: If a sword or knife has lost its edge, it is blunt.
See also: edge, lose
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Global Banking News-May 12, 2016--India's captive insurance firms to lose edge
It's true that as we grow older, many aggravations that we used to take seriously seem to lose edge ("Older but Mellower: Aging brain shifts gears to emotional advantage," SN: 6/24/06, p.
"At this point, the print web will start to lose edge cure because the UV energy is being blocked by the eroded material on the inside of the lamp." Tausch adds.