at a loss

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at a loss

  1. Below the cost or price of purchase.
    We sold those old computers at a loss.
  2. (idiomatic) Not sure; uncertain; lacking further ideas, direction, or ability.
    I have fixed the parts I understand, and the rest leaves me at a loss.
    His policies my be ineffective, but he is never at a loss for words.
    I'm at a loss how to proceed.

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