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lose the thread

To stop understanding or following something, such as an explanation, because one has become distracted or confused. Sorry, can you back up? I lost the thread when you started talking about genes. I think this writer is trying to intentionally make us lose the thread so that the story becomes disorienting.
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lose the thread

Cease to follow the sense of what is said. For example, It was such a long story that I soon lost the thread. This expression uses thread in the sense of "something that connects the various points of a narrative." [Mid-1900s]
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lose the (or your) thread

be unable to follow what someone is saying or remember what you are going to say next.
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"I think the real problem is that, somewhere along the way, we lost the thread of the agreement among out Member States about where we were all going.
That Way has lost the thread of what she's saying becomes abundantly clear in "Dirt," which does set aside voice-over and mime for pure dance.
Turning back to the drawing, I find I've lost the thread. Sorting out the plots and subplots of so many distinct horizons seems beyond my capacity today.
It's not like back in the day when mum cooked her best duck curry on Sunday - golden brown and crisp and crackling on the outside and succulent with magical filling on the inside - and invited Pastor McKenzie to lunch, who brought with him not merely an enormously generous appetite but an elaborate 'grace' before meals, which went on so interminably that we not only lost the thread of it, but our appetites were nearly destroyed as well.
Blues had lost the thread of things and it required one of their secondhalf recoveries to get back in it.
Along the way, I'd have lost the thread of the convoluted plots.
Quote of the day "We thought he had lost the thread but I think this shows he has still got it" - trainer Stef Liddiard after Mistral Sky won a competitive claimer
Not that I ever particularly enjoyed either Doctor Who - too scary - or Jackanory - lost the thread - when I was a child myself.
A few months ago he lost the thread of his argument in a press conference and had to be prompted by aides.
Unless I've lost the thread of the grand old game, the main point of a striker's existence is to score goals and,as an alleged goalscorer,Heskey doesn't do what it says on the tin often enough.