lose sight of (someone or something)

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lose sight of (someone or something)

1. To no longer be able to see someone or something due to increased distance from them or it or an obstruction of the view. We lost sight of the ground as the plane moved higher into the sky.
2. To forget about or neglect to focus on something. I know you've had some setbacks recently, but try not to lose sight of the goal you want to achieve.
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lose sight of someone or something

 
1. Lit. to have one's vision of someone or something fade because of distance or an obstruction. I lost sight of Alice as she walked into the distance. We lost sight of the ship as it sailed out of the harbor.
2. Fig. to forget to consider someone or something. Don't lose sight of Alice and her basic contributions. Don't lose sight of the basic value of the land on which the house sits.
See also: lose, of, sight

lose sight of

Overlook, fail to take into account, as in We must not lose sight of our main objective, or Beverly never lost sight of her humble beginnings. This metaphoric expression alludes to physical sight. [Early 1700s] For an antonym, see bear in mind.
See also: lose, of, sight

lose sight of something

COMMON If you lose sight of an important aspect of something, you forget about it or ignore it. They seem to have lost sight of their original objectives. We should not lose sight of the fact that, at times, depression is a perfectly normal reaction to life's problems.
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lose ˈsight of something

(of a purpose, aim, etc.) stop considering something; forget something: The government seem to have lost sight of their aims and are now just trying to survive.
See also: lose, of, sight, something
References in classic literature ?
You have lost sight of it in England, and (if I know anything of this people) you have lost sight of it for ever.
There was a slight bend in the coast, and I steered so as to put it between us; even before we landed we had thus lost sight of the gigs.
"Lillibullero" was dropped again; and just before we lost sight of them behind the little point, one of them whipped ashore and disappeared.
In the uncertain, tremulous light which fell through the tree-tops, it was hard to distinguish anything clearly, and at last, somehow, he lost sight of her altogether, and turned back on his track to find her.
When they had come out on the roadway Adam held the mongoose tight to him, and, lifting his hat to his companion, moved quickly towards Lesser Hill; he and Lady Arabella lost sight of each other in the thickening gloom.
Having recognized the laced hats of his companions and the golden fringe of the cardinal's cloak, he waited till the horsemen had turned the angle of the road, and having lost sight of them, he returned at a gallop to the inn, which was opened to him without hesitation.
"I wish to tell you that though remaining invisible to your eyes, I have not lost sight of you."
They have been traced to that place, and there lost sight of. Have you no clue, can you suggest no clue, to their recovery?'
Repeating these words with great emotion, Mr Codlin rubbed the bridge of his nose with his coat-sleeve, and shaking his head mournfully from side to side, left the single gentleman to infer that, from the moment when he lost sight of his dear young charge, his peace of mind and happiness had fled.
At the moment the boat began her course they lost sight of the yacht, as it disappeared in the gulf of Porto-Vecchio.
I had lost sight of them, it is true; but had they lost sight of me?
I had lost sight of her altogether, but Jim had found her again after long years, had renewed a friendship that meant a great deal to him, and out of his busy life had set apart time enough to enjoy that friendship.
"It's Dunstan--my brother Dunstan, that we lost sight of sixteen years ago.
I crossed to the opposite side of the way, and soon afterward lost sight of him under the portico of a house.
He stopped, and having lost sight of it, he turned to rejoin the vizir, who had not been careful enough to follow him.