lose one's shirt

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lose one's shirt

chiefly US, informal
: to lose a lot of money because of a bad bet or investment
  • Many investors lost their shirts when the market crashed.

Word by Word Definitions

lose play
  1. : to bring to destruction

  2. : damn

  3. : to miss from one's possession or from a customary or supposed place

shirt play
  1. : a garment for the upper part of the body: such as

  2. : a cloth garment usually having a collar, sleeves, a front opening, and a tail long enough to be tucked inside trousers or a skirt

  3. : undershirt


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