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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.