lose out

verb
lost out; losing out; loses out

Definition of lose out

intransitive verb

: to fail to win in competition : fail to receive an expected reward or gain

First Known Use of lose out

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lose out was circa 1858

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“Lose out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose%20out. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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