lose it v.
1. to lose control temporarily; in an extreme case to have an actual mental breakdown, to go mad.
|[||Story of a Lancashire Thief 9: He had been a jigger-dubber [...] but got sacked for boozing, and then he lost himself. [Ibid.] 15: (lost himself) Went lower and lower].|
|[||(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 208: Hey, grandpa! Button up. You’re losing something].Young Manhood in|
|[||Walk in Sun 102: They had their morale back. Not that they had ever really lost it. They had simply been a little uncertain of themselves].|
|Go, Man, Go! 23: He signalled to Gil not to say anymore. Gil lost it.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 98: The minute you hit the brakes you’ll start losing it; bikes don’t drift like cars.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 3: lose it – unable to cope, astounded, rattled.|
|(con. 1969–70) F.N.G. (1988) 37: The last guy who rotated out [...] was out here in the Bush for three hundred and fifty days. [...] he was fuckin’ losing it the last couple weeks.|
|Llama Parlour 80: Look, if ya think you’re gonna lose it and say somethin’ totally stoo-pid, well, I dunno.|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 27: I end up totally losing it [...] and we’re talking totally.|
|IOL News 5 Dec. [Internet] I am a very prim and proper person [...] my clients se me as the business type. It should be interesting how it is going to look when they see me lose it.|
|Guardian G2 3 July 5/1: Did I lose it, am I crazy, man?|
2. to lose one’s virginity.
|Sun. Times Mag. 30 Sept. 34: ‘How old were you when you lost it?’ ‘Fifteen years eleven months and two weeks.’.|
3. (US campus) to be surprised, to be shocked.
4. (US campus) to vomit.
|Campus Sl. Oct.|
|Compter Science and Why (1993) [Internet] I was struck with [...] the plethora of words and phrases meaning ‘vomit’ and/or ‘to vomit’ [...] At most American colleges and universities, a weekend cannot pass without seeing multitudes [...] lose it.|
5. to lose one’s skills, abilities.
|Way Past Cool 131: You losin it, man . . . lettin some little sucker slice you like that.|
6. to pass out.
|Life 489: I remember a show in Italy where I really knew I was losing it [...] The air was totally dead and I started to feel myself going.|