lose some amount of time

lose (some amount of) time

To waste or squander some amount of time, the amount of which typically being left somewhat vague. The racer lost a lot of time having to change the tire of his bike so early on, but he'll have plenty of chances to catch up. We lost so much time dealing with paperwork and legal issues that I don't know if we'll even be able to meet our deadline at this point.
See also: amount, lose, time

lose some amount of time

[for some amount of time] to be wasted. We lost a lot of time waiting for Hermione. He lost no time in getting out of there.
See also: amount, lose, of, time