at a loss
{adj. phr.} In a state of uncertainty; without any idea; puzzled. * /A good salesman is never at a loss for words./ * /When Don missed the last bus, he was at a loss to know what to do./

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  • …At a Loss — Infobox Album Name = …At a Loss Type = album Artist = Buzzov*en Released = May 5 1998 Recorded = September 1997 Tapeworm Studios Miami, Florida Genre = Sludge metal Length = 77:59 Label = Off The Records Producer = Billy Anderson Reviews =… …   Wikipedia

  • at a loss — {adj. phr.} In a state of uncertainty; without any idea; puzzled. * /A good salesman is never at a loss for words./ * /When Don missed the last bus, he was at a loss to know what to do./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at a loss — phrasal 1. uncertain as to how to proceed < was at a loss to explain the discrepancy > 2. unable to produce what is needed < at a loss for words > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • at a loss — 1. adverb Below the cost or price of purchase. We sold those old computers at a loss. 2. adjective Not sure; uncertain; lacking further ideas, direction, or …   Wiktionary

  • at a loss for words — adjective having nothing to say; stunned to the point of speechlessness She was at a loss for words when she saw the number of people who had come to grieve for her husband. Syn: lost for words …   Wiktionary

  • To be at a loss — Loss Loss (l[o^]s; 115), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. le[ o]san to lose. [root]127. See {Lose}, v. t.] 1. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at a stand — adverb In a state of confusion or uncertainty; undecided what to do next. Now I am quite at a stand. Syn: at a loss …   Wiktionary

  • A Loss For Words — Infobox musical artist Name = A Loss For Words Img capt = Members = Matty Arsenault Mike Adams Nevada Smith Marc Dangora Jack McHugh Origin = Abington, Massachusetts, U.S. Genre = Post Hardcore / Pop Punk Years active = 1999 – Present Label =… …   Wikipedia

  • At a blow — Blow Blow, n. [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to beat, G. bl[ a]uen, Goth. bliggwan.] 1. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword. [1913 Webster] Well struck ! there was blow for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bear a loss — Loss Loss (l[o^]s; 115), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. le[ o]san to lose. [root]127. See {Lose}, v. t.] 1. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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