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lose out

Meaning: If you lose out, you fail to benefit from something that others are benefitting from.

Synonym: miss out

For example:

  • lose out Thanks to my stockbroker, I've lost out big time. He told me to sell all my telecom shares - and now they're worth a fortune!

  • lose out The Education Ministry has lost out again in this year's budget because the government needs the money to pay for the war.

Quick Quiz:

All of her friends made money from the investment, but Mary lost out because she didn't
  1. invest anything
  2. win anything
  3. make anything

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