throw (someone) for a loss

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of throw (someone) for a loss

: to cause (someone) to be very amazed, confused, or shocked
  • Recent revelations have thrown me for a loss.

Word by Word Definitions

throw play
  1. : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

  1. : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

loss play
  1. : destruction, ruin

  2. : the act of losing possession : deprivation

  3. : the harm or privation resulting from loss or separation


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