(to be) at a loss for words

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - at a loss for words

"(to be) at a loss for words"

to be unable to speak;

to be uncertain of what to say


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at a loss for words

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I can't believe that Fran and Dennis offered to let our entire family stay at their house while our house was being fumigated.

Friend 2:  What did you say when they offered?

Friend 1:  I was at a loss for words.  I was stunned by their generosity.  All I could say was "Thank you".

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at a loss for words

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You don't look happy.

Colleague 2:  I am being sent to Seattle to close a deal.

Colleague 1:  Sounds good. Seattle is nice this time of year.

Colleague 2:  The issue is that Randy is coming with me. And you know Randy, he is never at a loss for words.  Can you imagine the three-hour plane flight?

(to be) at a loss for words - Usage:


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(to be) at a loss for words - Gerund Form:

Being at a loss for words, she said nothing.

(to be) at a loss for words - Examples:

1)  For the first time in my life I am at a loss for words... absolutely baffled by the electorate and the election results, especially considering ...

2)  Sunday night, neither candidate was at a loss for words, and neither was at a loss for confidence as to why they ...

3)  Wow after reading this blog for an hour or so I am nearly at a loss for words.... but I'll try to squeeze a few out ...

4)  Never being at a loss for words, I was happy to talk about it.

5)  I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the ...

6)  Murray, 50, is a vivacious woman, never at a loss for words. Friendly and welcoming, she ushers a visitor into her offices and ...

7)  He was articulate. He did not get tongue tied or find himself at a loss for words.

8)  I was at a loss for words. All I could do was scream ...

9)  ... the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow.

10)  I barely made it through that conversation because I was at a loss for words.

11)  This must be serious, indeed, since he had never been at a loss for words as long as I had known him.

12)  Mitchell was momentarily at a loss for words, but then offered an answer.

13)  I'm at a loss for words, disgusting is all that comes to mind right now.

14)  ... the overwhelming sympathy and support that I got here, and I am at a loss for words to even begin to thank all of you.

15)  ... many outraged shrieks we hear may result because Lefties are totally at a loss for words.

16)  ... in this conversation with this particular lady I was not only at a loss for words but was freaking out inside.

17)  I was so bewildered after that goal I was actually at a loss for words for about 5 seconds and then began to throw a tirade.

18)  I am just at a loss for words. Life just doesn't make sense.

19)  But frankly, I'm at a loss for words. So I'll just let the pictures talk.

20)  What I know is that, absorbing the news, I was uncharacteristically at a loss for words for a while, didn't know what to write ...