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.
See also: lose, of, sight, something

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 ?
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.
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.
Coastguards took a 999 call on Tuesday night from the 39-year-old's friends, who had lost sight of her for 20 minutes.
Coastguard watch manager Mike Puplettsaid: "A woman had willingly gone into the water and they lost sight of her for 15 to 20 minutes.