cut your losses meaning, cut your losses definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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loss

  
  ( losses    plural  )
1       n-var   Loss is the fact of no longer having something or having less of it than before.  
usu with supp  
...loss of sight..., The loss of income for the government is about $250 million a month., ...hair loss..., The job losses will reduce the total workforce to 7,000.     
2       n-var   Loss of life occurs when people die.  
usu with supp  
...a terrible loss of human life..., The allies suffered less than 20 casualties while enemy losses were said to be high.     
3       n-uncount   The loss of a relative or friend is their death.  
with supp, usu the N of n  
They took the time to talk about the loss of Thomas and how their grief was affecting them., ...the loss of his mother.     
4       n-var   If a business makes a loss, it earns less than it spends.,   (Antonym: profit)    In 1986 Rover made a loss of nine hundred million pounds..., The company said it will stop producing fertilizer in 1990 because of continued losses., ...profit and loss.     
5       n-uncount   Loss is the feeling of sadness you experience when someone or something you like is taken away from you.  
Talk to others about your feelings of loss and grief...     
6       n-count   A loss is the disadvantage you suffer when a valuable and useful person or thing leaves or is taken away.  
usu sing  
She said his death was a great loss to herself.     
7       n-uncount   The loss of something such as heat, blood, or fluid is the gradual reduction of it or of its level in a system or in someone's body.  
with supp  
...blood loss., ...weight loss., ...a rapid loss of heat from the body.     
8    If a business produces something at a loss, they sell it at a price which is less than it cost them to produce it or buy it.     (BUSINESS)  
at a loss      phrase   PHR after v     (Antonym: at a profit)    New fashion designs have to be sold off at a loss if sales are poor.     
9    If you say that you are at a loss, you mean that you do not know what to do in a particular situation.  
be at a loss      phrase   usu v-link PHR, usu PHR for n, PHR to-inf  
The government is at a loss to know how to tackle the violence.     
10    If you cut your losses, you stop doing what you were doing in order to prevent the bad situation that you are in becoming worse.  
cut your losses             phrase   V inflects  
Directors are right to cut their losses, admit they chose the wrong man and make a change.     
11    If you say that someone or something is adead loss, you have a low opinion of them because you think they are completely useless or unsuccessful.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL  
dead loss      phrase   usu v-link PHR     (disapproval)    I'd had no experience of organizing anything of that sort. I think I was largely a dead loss.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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n.
very short haircut
n.
to release sth that is tied up
exp.
sauve ton coeur
No idea what this means MJB
exp.
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
id.
use your common sense or resourcefulness
n.
to support your family
exp.
calm down!
exp.
expression used for catching the attention of an audience
exp.
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
exp.
your best clothes that you wear on special occasions
exp.
expression used to encourage someone to share with you what's on his mind
exp.
= get your knickers in a twist/knot
US English, colloquial
v.
Coja su chaqueta de la percha
Español de españa En este caso Get se refiere a obtener, traducido como coger, pies Obtener suena muy extraño.
exp.
to become very upset about something, usually something that is not important
Other expression: to get your knickers in a knot
n.
a body part is a part of a human body, usually one that has been cut or torn from the body in a violent incident (such as an accident, an explosion, etc)
n.
attractive woman that you marry to show your success
v.
to picture in your mind a person,place, thing, or event using only your imagination.
n.
attempting to view the GOD(s) machine, speaking your mind truthfully, giving your opinion mindfully, having thought you were someone and not a person.
n.
SEO solution in such a way that the search engines will crawl your website and ranked it well on the top position. SEO is the process of improving the search and quality of visitors to your website for targeted keywords.
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
n.
coffee shop used as an office especially using internet connection with your laptop computer
new term coined in 2010, not entered yet as "official"
n.
A comment is something that you say which expresses your opinion of something or which gives an explanation of it.
n.
something that limits your freedom to do what you want
[US] constraints on spending have forced the company to rethink its plans.
n.
something that limits your freedom to so what you want.
I wish I could live without constrains because I want to have more time to do what I want.
n.
to concentrate and to sacrifice
exp.
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.

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