lose by

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lose by

To fail to succeed (at some competitive activity) by a certain margin. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lose" and "by." I can't believe we lost by just two points—a single field goal and we would have won! He lost the student election by roughly 50 votes.
See also: by, lose

lose by something

to be defeated by a certain amount. Our team lost by ten points. I only lost by a few points.
See also: by, lose
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Test v Australia at Lord's, lost by inns and 62 runs
Test v Australia at Edgbaston, lost by inns and 118 runs
FEB 93: v India (Bombay) lost by an innings & 15 runs
FEB 93: v India (Madras) lost by an innings & 22 runs
JUNE 93: v Australia (Old Trafford) lost by 179 runs
JUNE 93: v Australia (Lord's) lost by an innings & 62 runs
JULY 93: v Australia (Headingley) lost by an innings & 148 runs
AUG 93: v Australia (Edgbaston) lost by an innings & 8 wkts
JUNE 01: v Pakistan (Old Trafford) lost by 108 runs
In fact, the Atkins dieters lost an average of about 15 pounds after six months--significantly more than the seven pounds lost by the LEARN dieters.
1993 v Australia (Edgbaston) lost by 8 wkts, scored 72 & 48.
1993-94 v West Indies (Kingston) lost by 8 wkts, 55 & 28.
1994 v South Africa (Lord's) lost by 356, 20 & 8.
1994-95 v Australia (Brisbane) lost by 184, 54 & 23.
1995 v West Indies (Headingley) lost by 9 wkts, 81 & 17.