lose your 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.
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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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YOU DO PAY IF YOU LOSE YOUR SHIRT: Spurs skipper Robbie Keane
If you're not disciplined, you will lose your shirt."
You lose your shirt - I don't take it away from you."
LOSE YOUR SHIRT: Bowlers Darren Gough and 12th man Robert Croft watch from the dressing room as England set a new record for consecutive one-day defeats yesterday.
I've heard it said that a tax form is a lot like a laundry list - either way you are going to lose your shirt, and a lot of folks have lost their shirts dealing with our current code.
Just never lose your shirt, Victoria - it might distract the punters.
Black tie is purely optional but, please, don't lose your shirt! Then take a 'spy's eye' view of the Mediterranean coast from a private speedboat - only the best will do.