to lose the plot

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - lose the plot

"to lose the plot"

to no longer understand or know what to do in a situation


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - lose the plot

"to lose the plot"

to start behaving in a strange, silly or crazy way


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - lose the plot

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I really don't understand what is going on here. Are we moving in a new direction or not. There seems to be conflicting messages coming from management.

Colleague 2:  I've lost the plot as well. I have no clue. I suppose we will have to wait and see if a clear message comes through.

Colleague 1:  So, what are we supposed to do?

Colleague 2:  Continue working as normal, I guess.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - lose the plot

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How long has Ralph been struggling with that software issue?

Friend 2:  It's been a couple of days now. I think he didn't go home last night.

Friend 1:  He stayed at work all night and worked?

Friend 2:  Yes. And I think he is really losing the plot. Look at his crazy and erratic behavior.

to lose the plot - Usage:


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to lose the plot - Gerund Form:

Losing the plot during a complex procedure is not uncommon.

Losing the plot when your life is falling apart is natural.

to lose the plot - Examples:

1)  The biggest nail in the coffin and where they lost the plot is when Softbank decided against putting in fresh money at the end of last year.

2)  All because we are a developing country that has completely lost the plot and merrily going around in circles.

3)  ... making the house decent so that my mates don't think I've lost the plot.

4)  ... after I said no to trying for a girl again, he just lost the plot. He left me and went to his mother's.

5)  We would not tolerate it. His colleagues would assume he had lost the plot and dump him.

6)  ... many of which will suggest he is losing the plot. Wacky decisions in terms of substitutions and team selections started the trend, ...

7)  Sorry chaps, but it isn't our fault if we're either losing the plot or switching off because we can't be bothered straining to catch the words.

8)  ... it's not entirely clear whether or not the mutant nonagenarian is losing the plot.

9)  Her group apparently was losing the plot and people were treating it as a social occasion.

10)  ... it was really tough to keep myself together... I was almost losing the plot.

11)  ... you can't stay awake for the whole 17 hours or you'll lose the plot.

12)  Whereas it took the previous regime more than five years to lose the plot, it has taken this government less than 2 to lose it,

13)  It is very easy to lose the plot by getting distracted -- however such distractions must not keep you from the big picture.

14)  ... own crazy tangents, but never wanders too far off course to lose the plot.

15)  ... doesn't shout or lose the plot and that's what makes him more effective at getting inside the heads of his ...

16)  He simply loses the plot the moment he ends up behind the wheel of a motor car.

17)  If the media loses the plot -- and in this case it is specifically clueless about ...

18)  ... he loses the plot screaming and kicking chairs and telling her she is not going to do that.

19)  ... the woman on her balcony in the arms of another man, Rachel loses the plot and goes on one heck of a bender that includes a detour to ...

20)  Of course, not everyone loses the plot after they've been dumped.