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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOSSES

These losses are doubtless irreparable so far as the stocks in question are concerned.

The losses in New York City alone were said to be fifty millions.

If he could have a bet on The Dutchman he would surely recoup his losses.

It is to these circumstances that most of the losses were due.

The losses sustained by the Brigade were indisputably most severe.

Its losses had not yet been heavy, as most of the cannon fire was passing over their heads.

These losses are much to be deplored, sir, but we must look 'em in the face.'

They share and share alike with me all joys and troubles, gains and losses.

And they do say that he looked like Death, owing to his losses.

He is a fatalist, taking his profits and losses as if they were gifts or blows of Fortune.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English los "loss, destruction," from Proto-Germanic *lausa- (see lose). The modern word, however, probably evolved 14c. with a weaker sense, from lost, the original past participle of lose. Phrase at a loss (1590s) originally refers to hounds losing the scent. To cut (one's) losses is from 1885, originally in finance.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LOSSES

diminishing returns

nounincreases not proportional to more investment
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