los·ing | \ ˈlü-ziŋ \

Definition of losing 

1 : resulting in or likely to result in defeat a losing battle a losing poker hand

2 : marked by many losses or more losses than wins a losing streak a losing record

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The losing team in three of those games was the Reds. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Tyler Mahle roughed up, Cincinnati Reds crushed in 19-4 loss to Cleveland Indians," 11 July 2018 The first team to seven points wins, and the losing team runs suicides. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Now playing for Mizzou women's basketball: an entire lineup of three-point shooters," 1 July 2018 Now in private practice, Mr. Katyal was on the losing side in the travel ban case as the lawyer who argued on behalf of Hawaii. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Court Upholds Travel Ban, but Slams Infamous Case on Japanese Internment Camps," 26 June 2018 The pattern of Catalonia supporting a losing side in a war, and paying through the nose for it, continued as right-wing fascist forces under the direction of General Francisco Franco sought to usurp the sitting Republican government in 1936. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power," 25 June 2018 Leon issued the ruling Tuesday to give time for the losing side come up with a strategy, including perhaps pursue a stay of the decision before the June 21 deadline the companies set to complete the deal. Author: Jim Puzzanghera, Meg James, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge clears AT&T purchase of Time Warner, creating entertainment colossus," 12 June 2018 Then in a cruel twist of fate for Cleveland sports fans, the exact same thing happened a few months later in the World Series, only the Indians were on the losing side. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "A reminder that a 3-1 series lead guarantees nothing, especially for the Washington Capitals," 6 June 2018 Whatever the verdict, the losing side is likely to pursue the case to the state Supreme Court. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "The battle over Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in judges’ hands," 30 May 2018 But Moscow was silent, confident of its strategic hold on Armenia and unwilling to back the losing side. The Economist, "Armenia’s revolution continues, as its opposition leader nears power," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of losing

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of losing was in 1519

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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