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lose the thread

To stop understanding or following something, such as an explanation, because one has become distracted or confused. Sorry, can you back up? I lost the thread when you started talking about genes. I think this writer is trying to intentionally make us lose the thread so that the story becomes disorienting.
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lose the thread

Cease to follow the sense of what is said. For example, It was such a long story that I soon lost the thread. This expression uses thread in the sense of "something that connects the various points of a narrative." [Mid-1900s]
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lose the (or your) thread

be unable to follow what someone is saying or remember what you are going to say next.
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The vast apologetic of the City of Cod similarly makes constant reference to scriptures without once losing the thread of the logic; it simultaneously offers observations on philosophy, history, ethics, even mathematics, all of which contribute to the argument.
Cixous constantly invokes the usual assumptions on which reading depends in order to challenge them; this book, she tells us, is "the story of losing the thread and letting oneself be guided by the voice.
Struggling to remember recent events but easily recalling things from the past; * Finding it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV; * Forgetting friends' names or names for everyday objects; * Having trouble recalling things heard, seen or read; * Repeating things or losing the thread of what they are saying; * Trouble concentrating; * Feeling worried, depressed or angry about memory loss; * Finding other people have started to notice their forgetfulness, and * Feeling confused, even in familiar surroundings.
Here Skloot, a young science journalist, reveals the truth behind the Lack's story, encompassing both the personal and the political connotations of cellular research without losing the thread of a profoundly human story.
Once you've found a chat partner, or several - there are already more than 500,000 Gooey users worldwide - you can travel together from site to site without losing the thread of your conversation.