lost in thought

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lost in thought (comparative more lost in thought, superlative most lost in thought)

  1. Being preoccupied with one's thoughts rather than paying attention to reality.
    • 1797, John Hoole, Jerusalem delivered: an[ sic ] heroic poem, Volume 2, page 67
      These lines the knight perus'd, and, lost in thought, / He long in vain the secret meaning sought.