be lost for words

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be lost for words

To be unable to speak or articulate a coherent thought, typically because one is surprised. When I got the call that my straight-A-student daughter had been arrested for breaking into the school, I was lost for words. When I found out that my coworkers had taken a collection to help pay for my medical bills, I was lost for words.
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be lost (or at a loss) for words

be so surprised, confused, or upset that you cannot think what to say.
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be lost for ˈwords

be so surprised, confused, etc. that you do not know what to say: When he told me what she’d done to him I was lost for words.
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