cut one's losses

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cut one's losses

:to stop an activity, business, etc., that is failing in order to prevent more losses or damage
  • With the economy continuing to do poorly, many investors decided to cut their losses and sell their stocks.

Word by Word Definitions

cut play
  1. : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

  2. : to hurt the feelings of

  3. : to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. : a product of cutting: such as

  2. : an opening made with an edged instrument

  3. : a wound made by something sharp : gash

  1. : marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

loss play losses
  1. : destruction, ruin

  2. : the act of losing possession : deprivation

  3. : the harm or privation resulting from loss or separation


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