lose the plot

idiomatic phrase

British, informal
: to become confused by or unable to deal with a situation
She was so nervous she thought she was going to lose the plot.

Examples of lose the plot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, why did the most talented quarterback of his generation lose the plot and book himself a weekly gig spouting conspiracy theories on a cheap sports talk show hosted by a guy wearing a black tank top? Corbin Smith, Rolling Stone, 13 Jan. 2024 If the early promise of social media was to bring society closer to a virtual ideal, the most recent shift in how platforms are used has lost the plot. WIRED, 6 Nov. 2023 To say that the GOP has lost the plot is perhaps an understatement. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 4 Nov. 2023 Those that lose the plot will exhaust workforces, clients and revenue — and will harm their brands while decelerating the economy’s revival at large. Somdutta Singh, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The answer to the last question may not give you a $10 billion TAM (total addressable market) out of the door, and that is where most companies tend to lose the plot. Ash Didwania, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Bands over 10 years old have the propensity to lose the plot. Jason Pettigrew, SPIN, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lose the plot was in 1984

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“Lose the plot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose%20the%20plot. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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