lose out

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lose + out


lose out (third-person singular simple present loses out, present participle losing out, simple past and past participle lost out)

  1. To be at a disadvantage.
    People who do not speak a second language find that they lose out when looking for a job.
    I think you will lose out on the exchange rate if you move to dollars now.
    • 2011 October 23, Becky Ashton, “QPR 1 - 0 Chelsea”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Chelsea had two players sent off and lost out to a Heidar Helguson penalty in a heated west London derby.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often lose out to another person or group.
  • Often lose out on a specific benefit.