lose to

lose to (someone or something)

To be defeated by someone or something. What was lost can be stated between "lose" and "to." The football team lost to their rivals in the championship game. I can't believe I lost the student council presidency to that doofus!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lose something to someone

to yield or give up something in defeat to someone. We lost the case to the opposing lawyers. Mary lost her title to last year's runner-up.
See also: lose, to

lose to someone or something

to be defeated by someone or something. I lost to Wendy in the sales contest. Our team lost to the Adamsville Raiders for the seventh year in a row.
See also: lose, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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BRIDGEND Lab lose to NOC C gain 10, PC gain 2, Lab lose 6, Ind lose 4, LD lose 2.
POWYS Ind lose to NOC C gain 10, LD gain 2, PC gain 2, Green gain 1, Ind lose 15.
WREXHAM Ind lose to NOC C gain 4, PC gain 1, LD lose 3, Ind lose 2.
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