lose trace of

lose trace of (someone or something)

1. To lose visibility of, forget about, misplace, or neglect to pay close attention to someone or something. I'm sorry I'm late—we were having so much fun that I completely lost trace of time. I was watching the bird through my binoculars until I lost trace of it in the canopy. The police lost trace of the criminal somewhere in the swamp.
2. To unintentionally decrease frequency of communication with someone over time until no further contact takes place. Unfortunately, I lost trace of my college roommate, so I have no idea how she's doing now. Yeah, I lost trace of Mark after he moved to Thailand.
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lose trace of someone or something

Rur. to fail to maintain a way of finding someone or something. I lost trace of Walter after we left high school. I lost trace of the stock certificates after about twenty years.
See also: lose, of, trace
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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With Angela moving to America 37 years ago and Carol settling in Middlesbrough and both having married, it is understandable how people can lose trace of someone's whereabouts.