at a loss for words


chiefly US
: unable to think of anything to say
I was so surprised to see her that I was at a loss for words.

Examples of at a loss for words in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some lawmakers appeared to become emotional or at a loss for words on Tuesday after hearing the surviving men testify about their lasting trauma — having boiling water poured on them, being beaten with a leather strap, fearing being raped by staff members at night. Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 Canales and Morgan sure did, though — neither man is ever at a loss for words. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 2 Feb. 2024 The actor, writer, and model attended the 2023 Glamour Woman of the Year Awards in a high-up style that honestly has me at a loss for words. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 8 Nov. 2023 Others seemed at a loss for words, filling her comments with flame and heart emojis. Jacqueline Tempera, Women's Health, 20 July 2023 Southerners are never at a loss for words, especially when surrounded by food. Valerie Fraser Luesse, Southern Living, 24 June 2023 Syndergaard’s struggles have put a serious drag on the pitching staff, jeopardized his rotation spot and perplexed the coaching staff to a point where manager Dave Roberts was at a loss for words after Wednesday’s game. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2023 Now, family and friends are sitting on the steps of a Southeast side family home – four miles from the mall – at a loss for words and planning funeral arrangements. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 18 July 2022 Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson said the community was collectively at a loss for words after finding the children, KCRA reported. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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“At a loss for words.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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