lose (one's) shirt

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lose (one's) shirt

To lose a significant amount of one's money (often all of it). This is my last chance—I'll lose my shirt if this business venture fails.
See also: lose, shirt

lose one's shirt

Fig. to lose a lot of money; to lose all of one's assets (as if one had even lost one's shirt). I almost lost my shirt on that deal. I have to invest more wisely. No, I can't loan you $200. I just lost my shirt at the racetrack.
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lose one's shirt

Face financial ruin, go bankrupt, as in He lost his shirt in the last recession. This expression implies one has lost even one's shirt. [Early 1900s]
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lose your shirt

lose all your possessions, especially as the result of unwise financial transactions. informal
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lose your ˈshirt

(informal) lose all or a lot of your money and possessions: ‘How did you two get on at the races?’ ‘I won $300 and Paul lost his shirt.’ OPPOSITE: make a killing
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lose one’s shirt

tv. to go broke; to lose everything of value, even one’s shirt. I lost my shirt on that bank deal.
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lose (one's) shirt

Slang
To lose everything one has or owns.
See also: lose, shirt
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The impossibly muscular leads lose their shirts at every available opportunity, buxom love interests wander around the streets in scraps of material that barely constitute swimwear and fight sequences are edited with hyperactive glee.
GALES permitting, punters will get a chance to lose their shirts at the Cheltenham Gold Cup tomorrow - but the next Derby winner won't be arriving until June at Epsom.
When the rich lose their shirts or flee California - both have happened in spades - the treasury goes bare.
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That's the implication of a new study in which people tried to make money, or at least not lose their shirts, by discerning whether four decks of cards were stacked for or against them.
Once the new money slows or stops, prices will tumble and those who got in late, like those at the base of the pyramid, will lose their shirts.
BRITAIN already has a casino society, where the high rollers take the winnings and the punters lose their shirts.