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Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Lose’.


“You had a child once, whom you loved and lost.”

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


What we lose on the swings we make up on the roundabouts.

From ‘Love Among the Chickens’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


He could do things on the spur of the moment, but plans made him lose his nerve.

From ‘A Man of Means’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“No! Don’t lose your temper. Leave this lad to me, ma’am; leave this lad to me.”

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


“There is a horse for sale at Scrubbs’s, which it would be a sin and a crime to lose.”

From ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, by Charles Dickens.


“The manuscript unfortunately was abandoned. I use the word in the sense of lost or mislaid.”

From ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, by Oscar Wilde.


“He has been so unlucky as to lose your friendship,” replied Elizabeth with emphasis, “and in a manner which he is likely to suffer from all his life.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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Mrs Grant, hearing the latter part of this speech, enforced it warmly.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

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