lose sight of

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lose sight of (someone or something)

1. To no longer be able to see someone or something due to increased distance from them or it or an obstruction of the view. We lost sight of the ground as the plane moved higher into the sky.
2. To forget about or neglect to focus on something. I know you've had some setbacks recently, but try not to lose sight of the goal you want to achieve.
See also: lose, of, sight

lose sight of someone or something

1. Lit. to have one's vision of someone or something fade because of distance or an obstruction. I lost sight of Alice as she walked into the distance. We lost sight of the ship as it sailed out of the harbor.
2. Fig. to forget to consider someone or something. Don't lose sight of Alice and her basic contributions. Don't lose sight of the basic value of the land on which the house sits.
See also: lose, of, sight

lose sight of

Overlook, fail to take into account, as in We must not lose sight of our main objective, or Beverly never lost sight of her humble beginnings. This metaphoric expression alludes to physical sight. [Early 1700s] For an antonym, see bear in mind.
See also: lose, of, sight
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It is important that we not lose sight of who we are and what we do.
But potentially more important, Repetto says, is that by discounting the cost of pesticides, governments and aid agencies provide such a strong incentive for greater pesticide use that farmers can lose sight of related environmental costs or declining gains in farms yields -- factors that might otherwise serve to limit abuse of these toxic chemicals.
I don't think we should lose sight of the fact that a reading of 17 percent for a long time is cause for concern.
In our modern, wonderful world, we lose sight of the simple things.
Their characters constantly bust one another's chops, but we never lose sight of their shared affection.
In witnessing every tragedy, we must not lose sight of the reality that given the size and scope of this war, the casualties so far are historically light.
I didn't want to lose sight of the fact that we competed to win a league championship outright,'' Irvine coach Pat Douglass said.
We must never lose sight of how important it is to support our youth,'' Hahn said.