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.
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He engaged a little fishing boat for twenty-five livres, and set off at half-past eleven, convinced that he had not been followed; and that was true, he had not been followed; only a Jesuit brother, placed in the top of the steeple of his church, had not, since the morning, by the help of an excellent glass, lost sight of one of his steps.
For critics, OPEC's apparent indifference towards the plight of African economies reveals a sys- tem that has lost sight of one of its founding principles -- to deliver economic prosperity to member states.
She said: "It was reported that the people who got into difficulty in the water were part of a large group of visitors to the beach from Birmingham and the first respondent reported that they had lost sight of one of the people in the water.
For critics, OPEC's apparent indifference towards the plight of African economies reveals a system that has lost sight of one of its founding principles --to deliver economic prosperity to member states.
According to NBC Washington, two cars were seen leaving from the area; police lost sight of one vehicle, but they caught up with a possibly stolen Honda sedan near the Roosevelt Bridge.
Today's vote shows that MEPs have lost sight of one of the directive's key aims; to reduce the costs for businesses of cross-border commerce," said Arnaldo Abruzzini, secretary-general of Eurochambres.
It's said that Thursday's performance at AUB pulled such a storm of dancers onto the stage that the quartet lost sight of one another.
Tower tried to keep the interval organized but had mixed-up call signs, and even lost sight of one jet.
For all the ups and downs the UCLA softball team has been through this year, coach Sue Enquist has never lost sight of one image of her team.
AMIDST the mass of cant, hypocrisy and recrimination which has already marred the build-up to Istanbul and which will surely continue for the next month, we've lost sight of one thing.
Amid all the coverage of the WMD issue, we have lost sight of one fact.
Weiser is a successful business executive who has not lost sight of one of his favorite Hebrew sayings, which he eloquently translates: "The garments of a dead person have not pockets," he says.
Crowds so dense that if you lost sight of one, you could hardly find it again.
Because the road was dusty, the cars in the convoy spread out and their occupants often lost sight of one another.
Because the road was dusty, the cars often lost sight of one another.