lose (some amount of) time

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lose (some amount of) time

To waste or squander some amount of time, the amount of which typically being left somewhat vague. The racer lost a lot of time having to change the tire of his bike so early on, but he'll have plenty of chances to catch up. We lost so much time dealing with paperwork and legal issues that I don't know if we'll even be able to meet our deadline at this point.
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lose time

1. For a watch or clock to not work or function properly. My watch keeps losing time—it must need a new battery
2. To waste or squander time or be delayed when there is a limited amount of time or a deadline. Hey, turn here—there's a traffic jam on the highway so we'll lose time if we go that way. The reshoot caused us to lose time, but we're still on track to meet the deadline.
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lose some amount of time

[for some amount of time] to be wasted. We lost a lot of time waiting for Hermione. He lost no time in getting out of there.
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lose time

1. Operate too slowly. For example, My watch loses time, or This clock loses five minutes a day. This usage is always applied to a timepiece. [Mid-1800s]
2. Waste time, delay, as in We wanted to paint the entire porch today, but we lost time trying to find a color that matched the house . This expression is sometimes put negatively as lose no time, meaning "act immediately" or "not delay," as in We must lose no time in getting him to the hospital. [Late 1500s] Also see make up for lost time.
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lose time

1. To operate too slowly. Used of a timepiece.
2. To delay advancement.
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References in classic literature ?
I lost some time, now, for these big children, their fears gone, became so ravished with wonder over my awe-compelling fireworks that I had to stay there and smoke a couple of pipes out before they would let me go.
He won despite the fact he lost some time training because of the weather - whenever you lose time, you're concerned.'
September 11, 2001 shifted my focus as it did much of the government, and we lost some time in taking a serious look at how we can make the U.S.
He said: "We go through the lost property box about every six months, so they must have been lost some time this year.
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile hero lost some time due to a bruised hoof, and rain has hit training at Santa Anita in recent days, but the trainer says: "He's progressing very well and we're exactly where we want to be with him."