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. We lost sight of the ground as the plane moved higher into the sky.
2. To neglect or forget about 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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References in classic literature ?
Lillibullero" was dropped again; and just before we lost sight of them behind the little point, one of them whipped ashore and disappeared.
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 had lost sight of them, it is true; but had they lost sight of me?
Coastguard Senior Coastal Operations Officer Mark Craddock said: "The first informant lost sight of them and rightly called for help.