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‘Lose’ as a verb

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

1

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

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.

2

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

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

3

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.

4

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

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.

5

“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.

6

“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.

7

“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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She was nearly fainting: all her former habitual dread of her uncle was returning.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

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