1. (US) to vomit; usu. in phrs. below.
|Five Years before the Mast 61: Part of my supper’s lost, and I’s come to lay in a fresh cargo.|
|A Prelude (1967) 194: Jesus Christ! I loses my own lunch right in the cracked ice-pail.‘Death of a Soldier’ in|
2. (US) to kill.
|danite pill.’.Tourist’s Guide 98: A ‘Gentile’ can now engage in business without fear of being ‘lost’ by a ‘|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 808: lost – Murdered. Anyone who has been ‘put on the spot’ or disposed of by gang justice.|
|Eddie’s World 175: ‘What do you wanna do?’ [...] Sharpetti lit a short thick cigar. ‘Lose him [...] And make sure he stays lost’.|
3. (US) to evade.
|letter in Splete (1988) 10: I received your letter to day and you can’t lose me.|
|It’s Up to You 63: We can hurry out some other way, get a cab, and lose them.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 364: It might not be a bad idea to forget all about Velma till he could lose the taxi.|
|Guntz 107: I managed to lose him by pretending that I was going to go home.|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 120: Hang you lot, I’m gunna lose the bastards.|
4. (orig. US) to get rid of, to dispose of.
|Gay-cat 25: Goin’ to keep the dorg, Kid? [...] I told yuh to lose him, didn’t I.|
|Chicago May (1929) 31: I generally took my suckers there to lose them.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 168: Tell him I want to lose this Acosta bird.|
|Mad mag. June 49: I should pledge off all this boozing [...] lose this frantic guzzling.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 75: For Chrissake, let’s lose that fucking crucifix!|
|‘Last Night’ [lyrics] He wanted to lose her / We got in the car he began to abuse her.|
|Clockers 16: Lose the Caddy [....] the only monied nigger left in creation to drive a big-body Cadillac.|
|Nature Girl 192: How ’bout losin’ those hoods?|
5. (US) of a CD, radio etc, to turn off.
|Wayne’s World [film script] Voice Off: Cut! Lose the playback!et al.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 149: Yo, Tam. Lose Ice-brain, huh? There some ole Bobby B in that pile somewheres.|
(Aus./US) to vomit.
|(con. 1969) Suicide Charlie 90: That Pepsi was tasting mighty good when I was struck by an irresistible urge to regurgitate. I made it out of the pit and off into the bushes before I lost dinner.|
|Voyages of Pelican Oct. log [Internet] Billy had put on his anti-nausea patch too late and spent the evening hanging his head over the side of the boat, losing his dinner.|
(Aus.) a genteel euph., to vomit.
|Eve. Jrnl (Adelaide) 18 Mar. 2/1: The whole voyage was so pleasant that a lady passenger was heard to exclaim she had never lost a meal, the sea was so beautifully calm.|
|Sth Aus. Advertiser (Adelaide) 13 July 3/7: I have crossed the Atlantic without losing a meal, either by loss of appetite or surrender of food actually taken.|
|Indep. (Footscray, Vic.) 4 Apr. 2/7: There was enough motion to keep a good many below, but as far as I was concerned I had not lost a meal, and already felt better.|
|Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld) 5 May 38/2: There is an enormous amount of men sick [...] but your humble servant has never lost a meal.|
|Maldon News (Vic.) 4 July 2/7: With a lot of others he had been sick but had not lost a meal.|
|Queensland Times (Ipswich) 20 Feb. 6/4: Lovely weather and very calm sea — so calm that I have not lost a meal yet. Am beginning to think that I am a good sailor.|
|Aus. Christian Commonwealth (SA) 4 oct. 6/2: A good number of the passengers were sick, but with a continuous application of Coueism, I held out, and [...] never missed or lost a meal.|
|Western Mail (Perth) 13 May 40/2: Crossing the Tasman Sea we ran into a storm and I consequently lost a meal.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 44: Lose a meal, to vomit up food.|
(US campus) to vomit.
|Whence Cometh My Help [Internet] You’re taught at the Academy to hold your breath and blot out offensive orders such as puke, week-old shit, decayed bodies and the like. But when Ray and John walked into the cordoned-off apartment, John took one look and ran to the sink and lost his doughnuts.|
see blow (one’s) groceries under blow v.1
(Aus.) to vomit.
|White with Wire Wheels (1973) 154: The man who can count the number of times he’s chundered on one hand. The man who loses his load but once a decade.|
1. (Aus./US) to vomit (cf. blow lunch under blow v.1 ).
|2 Mar. diary in Aaron (1985) 297: Severe treatment [...] Cried and bawled and lost lunch and made a row generally.|
|Appointment in Samarra (2008) 185: I feel sick and I would like to shoot my lunch and I would like indeed to shoot my lunch but I will be damned if I want to move out of this bed.|
|Joint (1972) 111: The reaction [...] was neatly epitomized by one old lady having to be hustled up the aisle to the toilet, where I’m told she lost her lunch.letter 26 Dec. in|
|12 TAC FTR WG Song Book 20: Flak always makes me park my lunch.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 4: lose lunch – vomit.|
|Traveller’s Tool 62: There’s nothing worse than casually dropping your lunch at a business function.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 192: Cherry Dilday [...] lost her lunch in the first half-hour, [...] ended up so trashed she forgot to take her clothes off.|
|Stingray Shuffle 212: I had six cops lose their lunches back there when we found ’em [i.e. corpses].|
|Hurricane Punch 49: A lone reporter stood on the far side of the parking lot, losing his breakfast in a storm-water ditch.|
2. to lose one’s temper.
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 53: Down, boyo [...] It was a play slap, for Jesus sake. No need to lose your lunch.|
SE in slang uses
see under leather n.
see move n.
see also under relevant n.
to lose a good deal of money, usu. through betting.
|Minnesota Daily 24 June [Internet] I placed four sacks of gold coins in Marathon Oil only days before the government’s recent anti-trust ruling and only three weeks later I lost my britches, so to speak, in a deal.|
(gay) to abandon homosexuality to become a heterosexual.
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 18: gender, to lose (v.): To revert to an earlier sexual inclination.|
see toss one’s lollies under toss v.
to be drunk and thus lose one’s sense of direction.
|Pennsylvania Gazette 6 Jan. in AS XII:2 92: They come to be well understood to signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK. [...] Lost his Rudder.‘Drinkers Dictionary’ in|
to lose one’s temper.
|Lucky Palmer 215: Ah knoo Kavandras was going to lose his stopper.|
(US) to become hysterical.
|Cannibals 314: He was now a bit hysterical [...] I had to calm him before he lost his Tampax. [Ibid.] 314: He’s in a trauma; I think he lost his douche bag.|
of a woman, to have sexual intercourse.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 143: Gage, m. The act of kind; ‘to lose the match and pocket the stakes’.|
1. (also get put out of mess) to die; thus keep the number of one’s mess, to avoid death.
|Diary 10 Apr. n.p.: I very much fear that if they Keep us here through the Summer that the magority [sic] of us will lose the number of our mess [HDAS].|
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 183: He’s down, sir [...] lost his number completely [...] it was given to him slap through the head, sir.|
|Peter Simple (1911) 267: I have an idea that some of us will lose the number of our mess.|
|Works (1862) VI 233: What, hopped the twig? – kicked the bucket? – bowled out? – gone to pot? – mizzled? – ticked off? – struck off the roster? – slipped your cable? – lost the number of your mess?‘Confessions of a Phoenix’|
|(con. 1843) White-Jacket (1990) 342: They lose the number of their mess, and their messmates sticks their spoons in the rack; but no good – no good, old Ringrope; they ar’n’t dead yet.|
|Goldhunters’ Adventures 17: ‘’Mericans, I suppose,’ he inquired. ‘Yes.’ ‘Then don’t go if you want to keep the number of your mess,’ the boatman said. ‘Why not?’ Fred ventured to inquire. ‘’Cos they kill Yankees at the mines. Jim.’.|
|F&H].Six Months in Meccah 60: Another followed, fetching me one on the skull, that would have ‘settled the number of my mess’ but for the thickness of my too attractive head-dress [|
|At Suvla Bay Ch. ix: Some of us would get ‘put out of mess,’ no doubt, but this waiting about to get killed was much worse than plunging into the thick of it.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 148: Lose The Number Of One’s Mess, To: To die.|
|(ref. to WWII) Dark Laughter 115: For most World War 2 soldiers the concept of death was masked by euphemisms like [...] lost the number of his mess.|
2. to lose one’s position; to fall from social or professional grace.
|Cattle Brands [Internet] ‘So you think I’ve lost my number, do you?’ commented Edwards.‘Around the Spade Wagon’|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Oct. 18/2: The habit of tottering about the edge of things has become chronic with Richard Denis Meagher, M.L.A. – the solicitor who lost the number of his legal mess through the blunder he made over the Dean case very long ago.|
1. (Aus.) to lose control of someone else.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Sept. 13/1: The story was, briefly, that Ann Green had lost the run of her husband, Bill, for 14 years.|
2. (Irish) to lose one’s self-control.
|Radio advert for Power City Oct. Youse are losing the run of yourselves, seems to me [BS].|
|Sun. Indep. (Dublin) 3 Dec. n.p.: Chairing a debate [...] he lost the run of himself entirely.|
(Aus.) a general excl. of dismissal or disdain.
|[||Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld) 12 Apr. 2/3: They Say [...] That the said subaltern subsequently went to head-quarters and reported that he had lost all trace of the aforesaid party. That the officer [...] replied, ‘Umph Hadn’t you better go and lose yourself, now?’].|
|N. Queensland Register (Townsville, Qld) 8 Dec. 49/3: Mr O'Brien: He says I can buy a newspaper. I accuse Mr Drake of being flippant. A Voice: Go and lose yourself. (Laughter).|
|Eve. News (Sydney) 26 July 5/2: ‘Go And Lose Yourself.’ Lady Inspector And Butcher. An Early Closing Prosecution [...] [The] witness said one of the defendants told her to go and lose herself, also he said, ‘I wish I had a shilling for every sergeant I've thrown out of this shop’.|
|W. Coast Sentinel (Streaky Bay, SA) 23 May 6/3: No. 1: ‘Did you hear 'Hulloa, Hulloa, Hulloa.’ Another Voice: ‘Is that City 0000?’ No 1: ‘No, it isn’t, go and lose yourself.’ Another Voice: ‘All right—don’t do your block’.|
|Advertiser (Adelaide) 7 Oct. 9/1: On one occasion she was playing while I was talking to Princess Elizabeth. ‘Oh, go and lose yourself, Margaret,’ re- marked her sister.|
|Advertiser (Adelaide) 19 Feb. 7/5: Now go and lose yourself until I finish this letter.|