at a loss

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 (lôs, lŏs)
1. The act or an instance of losing: nine losses during the football season.
a. One that is lost: wrote their flooded house off as a loss.
b. The condition of being deprived or bereaved of something or someone: Her loss was made easier by the support of her friends.
c. The amount of something lost: selling at a 50 percent loss.
3. The harm or suffering caused by losing or being lost: The doctor's retirement is a great loss to the community.
4. losses People lost in wartime; casualties.
5. Destruction: The war caused incalculable loss.
6. Electricity The power decrease caused by resistance in a circuit, circuit element, or device.
7. The amount of a claim on an insurer by an insured.
at a loss
1. Below cost: sold the merchandise at a loss.
2. Perplexed; puzzled: I am at a loss to understand those remarks.

[Middle English los, from Old English; see lose.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: a loss - filled with bewildermentat a loss - filled with bewilderment; "at a loss to understand those remarks"; "puzzled that she left without saying goodbye"
perplexed - full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment; "perplexed language"; "perplexed state of the world" a loss - below costat a loss - below cost; "sold the car at a loss"
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(luːz) past tense, past participle lost (lost) verb
1. to stop having; to have no longer. She has lost interest in her work; I have lost my watch; He lost hold of the rope.
2. to have taken away from one (by death, accident etc). She lost her father last year; The ship was lost in the storm; He has lost his job.
3. to put (something) where it cannot be found. My secretary has lost your letter.
4. not to win. I always lose at cards; She lost the race.
5. to waste or use more (time) than is necessary. He lost no time in informing the police of the crime.
ˈloser noun
a person who loses. The losers congratulated the winners.
loss (los) noun
1. the act or fact of losing. suffering from loss of memory; the loss (= death) of our friend.
2. something which is lost. It was only after he was dead that we realized what a loss he was.
3. the amount (especially of money) which is lost. a loss of 500 pounds.
lost adjective
1. missing; no longer to be found. a lost ticket.
2. not won. The game is lost.
3. wasted; not used properly. a lost opportunity.
4. no longer knowing where one is, or in which direction to go. I don't know whether to turn left or right – I'm lost.
at a loss
not knowing what to do, say etc. He was at a loss for words to express his gratitude.
a bad/good loser
someone who behaves badly or well when he loses a game etc.
lose oneself in
to have all one's attention taken up by. to lose oneself in a book.
lose one's memory
to stop being able to remember things.
lose out
to suffer loss or be at a disadvantage.
lost in
having one's attention wholly taken up by. She was lost in thought.
lost on
wasted, having no effect, on. The joke was lost on her.

to lose (not loose) the match.
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References in classic literature ?
"I mix with all the neighboring landowners, who are cultivating their land on a rational system; they all, with rare exceptions, are doing so at a loss. Come, tell us how does your land do--does it pay?" said Levin, and at once in Sviazhsky's eyes he detected that fleeting expression of alarm which he had noticed whenever he had tried to penetrate beyond the outer chambers of Sviazhsky's mind.
1245 applies to property disposed of at a gain, but not at a loss. According to Regs.
Even the director, by his own admission, is at a loss. Suffice it to say it's an alluring tangle of hothouse sensuality and dramatic surprise, surely the most satisfying of the divine Senor A's output since Law of Desire.