at a loss

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - at a loss

"at a loss"

to be uncertain;

to be unsure of how to act or what to do


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - at a loss

"at a loss"

below cost


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at a loss

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I'm at a loss! I've taken my car to three different mechanics and none of them can find out what is wrong with my car.

Friend 2:  What are you going to do?

Friend 1:  I have absolutely no idea.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at a loss

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I think there are going to be lay-offs soon.

Colleague 2:  Why do you say that?

Colleague 1:  Because the company is starting to sell products below cost to try to generate income. This is a sign of trouble.

Colleague 2:  It's hard to believe that the company can continue for very long selling products at a loss.

at a loss - Usage:


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at a loss - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for at a loss.

at a loss - Examples:

1)  Consider the $200 Kindle Fire -- Amazon has no problem selling it at a loss because it can pull itself back into the green with e-book sales.

2)  Governments everywhere are at a loss regarding the best policy for regulating the dwindling forest reserves of the world.

3)  ... trying to pick out floors that go with the pink tile and am at a loss to know what to install.

4)  We do not want businesses operating at a loss. This is a waste of scarce capital and resources.

5)  But there are so few platonic male-female friendships on display that we're at a loss to even define these relationships.

6)  The game console and MSN units are currently running at a loss, and MSN has been unable to achieve desired levels of growth.

7)  These airlines can not operate at a loss. You want to fly? PAY THE FEES &; STOP COMPLAINING!

8)  ... and the best experts were at a loss to explain why it had snapped cleanly in two, sending a dozen cars into ...

9)  ... not take into account expenses that may result in a small business operating at a loss.

10)  Allegri was at a loss to explain where the exact problem lies for Milan, ...

11)  At a loss for what to do, she consulted the priest of the nearest village, ...

12)  They've seen the company reportedly sell its Xbox consoles at a loss. They've seen desperate tablet makers sacrifice margins to get below the critical $200 ...

13)  ... and I am always at a loss when people ask me if I can recommend which library schools are good.

14)  Although K town's municipality hospital is not yet running at a loss, it may not continue to do remain viable if hospital income decreases ...

15)  I am at a loss. I do not know what to do.

16)  My 6 month son hates bathes. I am at a loss of what to do. I have tried everything; bubbles, no bubbles, ...

17)  Since editorial boards are never at a loss for interesting topics, you will have to request a meeting.

18)  ... have no idea how to change it though. Gonzo I am at a loss for a solution as well.

19)  I just wish he could see it. I am at a loss at this point as to what I should do. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

20)  ... amassing a $7 billion position it later had to unload at a loss.