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

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  ( 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., 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.  
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  
Your is the second person possessive determiner. Your can refer to one or more people.     
1       det   A speaker or writer uses your to indicate that something belongs or relates to the person or people that they are talking or writing to.  
Emma, I trust your opinion a great deal..., I left all of your messages on your desk..., If you are unable to obtain the information you require, consult your telephone directory.     
2       det   In spoken English and informal written English, your is sometimes used to indicate that something belongs to or relates to people in general.  
Pain-killers are very useful in small amounts to bring your temperature down..., I then realized how possible it was to overcome your limitations.     
3       det   In spoken English, a speaker sometimes uses your before an adjective such as `typical' or `normal' to indicate that the thing referred to is a typical example of its type.  
Stan Reilly is not really one of your typical Brighton Boys...     

in-your-face      , in-yer-face  
Someone who has an in-your-face attitude seems determined to behave in a way that is unusual or shocking, and does not care what people think of them.  
INFORMAL      adj   usu ADJ n  
It's in-your-face feminism, and it's meant to shock.     

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
very short haircut
to release sth that is tied up
use your common sense or resourcefulness
your best clothes that you wear on special occasions
= get your knickers in a twist/knot
US English, colloquial
sauve ton coeur
No idea what this means MJB
to support your family
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
calm down!
expression used for catching the attention of an audience
be silent, stop talking etc
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."
expression used to encourage someone to share with you what's on his mind
to become very upset about something, usually something that is not important
Other expression: to get your knickers in a knot
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)
attractive woman that you marry to show your success
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')
coffee shop used as an office especially using internet connection with your laptop computer
new term coined in 2010, not entered yet as "official"
something that limits your freedom to do what you want
I wish I could live without constrains because I want to have more time to do what I want.
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