At a Loss
Have you been at a loss lately? If you have, something has ❛perplexed or puzzled❜ you and/or even left you ❛uncertain about what you should say or do❜. To see how the English idiom to be at a loss can be used, check out the following example:
Bashir was at a loss when he heard about his wife’s plan to open a Scottish restaurant.
In this sentence, Bashir is ❛confused and speechless❜ about his wife’s new business plan, i.e. he is at a loss.
Some recent headlines that have included the English idiom to be at a loss are:
Putin ❛at a loss❜ after Bethlehem street named for him
- ca.news.yahoo.com, 26 June 2012, AFP
EU at a loss over Syria
- dw.de, 25 June 2012, Christoph Hasselbach
Euro 2012: Germany’s Mats Hummels at a loss to explain England’s failings on world stage
- telegraph.co.uk, 21 June 2012, Chris Bascombe