los·​ing | \ ˈlü-ziŋ How to pronounce losing (audio) \

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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Streaming on Netflix Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy (2017) Alonzo gives her goofy, sarcastic take on everything from rooting for a losing sports team to Latino stereotypes to her relationship with her mother. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Best Female Stand-Up Comedian Specials to Watch Right Now," 16 Aug. 2019 White, 72, also was on the losing side four times, Foreman, 68, three times. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "New Hall of Fame hope for a trio of waiting Vikings greats?," 30 July 2019 The losing side is expected to appeal the decision. Washington Post, "N Carolina trial into partisan gerrymandering wrapping up," 26 July 2019 Adapt, or fade away In some ways, NASA emerged from the Cold War on the losing side of the struggle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 6: After Apollo, NASA still searching for an encore," 21 July 2019 Brady has never had a losing season with the Patriots. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady turns 42: Honoring Patriots QB's most amazing achievements," 3 Aug. 2019 But grants were competitively won, and One Baltimore submitted a losing application. Erin Cox, Washington Post, "Years before Trump’s attacks, Freddie Gray’s death sparked a huge effort to heal Baltimore. It wasn’t enough.," 1 Aug. 2019 And after all the losing nonsense that’s gone on around here for the past three years, isn’t that refreshing? Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Why the real breakout star of Broncos camp is 60-year-old dude hiding his gut under a sweatshirt," 20 July 2019 Beto O’Rourke, the losing Texas Senate candidate who bootstrapped his way into becoming a losing presidential candidate, had a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Ilhan Omar Is Completely Assimilated," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of losing

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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