lose out to

lose out to (someone or something)

To be defeated or bested by someone or something. I didn't get the job, but it sounds like I lost out to someone who was much more qualified.
See also: lose, out

lose out to someone or something

to lose a competition to someone or something. Our team lost out to the other team. Bill lost out to Sally in the contest.
See also: lose, out
References in periodicals archive ?
IRELAND could lose out to vital investment by hi-tech companies because of poor electricity supply, it was claimed yesterday.