lose out (on) v.
1. to fail, to miss an opportunity.
|Sermons for New Life ix. 176: The child brought up a thief gets an infinite power of cunning and loses out just as much in the power of true perception [OED].|
|DA].New Life viii 110: The child brought up a thief gets an infinite power of cunning [...] and loses out just as much in the power of true perception [|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 59: You’re supposed to take my picture flirting with this Parisian beauty and show it to the heiress which puts me on the bum and I lose out.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 174: We’re the white folks that lost out. We’re the ones that’s ben skinned.|
|Chicago May (1929) 126: We appealed to the Court of Cassation, the highest court of appeal, sitting at Versailles, and lost out.|
|Blue Valley Farmer 3 Dec. 4/1: Down in the south and southwest, I am ‘losing out’ [DA].|
|Go, Man, Go! 48: I don’t wanna lose out with her.|
|Indep. Rev. 5 Jan. 4: Despite the presence of Gazza and the world-famous Binns department store, they lose out as well.|
2. (also lose out to) to be fooled, to be swindled.
|Chicago May (1929) 120: Eddie had lost out in a job at Lyons, was sentenced to ten years, and served his time. He wanted to get his revenge on the frog-eaters.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 44: LOSE OUT TO: To be swindled or deceived by someone.|
|Property Of (1978) 35: So I lost out with McKay. So?|
|Observer Rev. 27 June 3: And Britain? Have we lost out?|