Phrases with "lose"

Ford Madox Ford On the other hand, she might lose it because of the all-wools. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

We can’t lose the seat, and the returns will be worth anything in their bearing on the General Election next year. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

If they’re going to take me alive, they’ll lose half-a-dozen of their boys first. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Ralph Waldo Emerson I will not lose myself in the desultory questions, what are the limitations, and what the causes of the fact. Literary Ethics by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1838]

He approached the door of the office and said, holding his pipe away from his lips — “Good luck to you, Mrs. Willems. Don’t lose any time. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope Why should she not marry you with the intention of doing you a good turn? After all, she would lose very little: there is the estate, and if she redeemed it, it would belong to her as well as you. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

For the best, at least, if you could n’t bear to lose me; and you could n’t bear that, could you, John?” “Lose you! My God, Aurora, why do you say such things to me? I would n’t lose you. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

John Galsworthy Her mother and father would hate ‘to lose her,’ but they clearly wanted her ‘to go. Over the River by John Galsworthy

He would like to help save our friends, but he does not want to lose his place. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Conan Doyle There are not so many of my old soldiers left that I can afford to lose two in one night. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Charles Kingsley You chop or lose your first two or three: but keep up your pluck, and you’ll run into one before sun-down; and I seem to have run into a whole earthful!” All looked round; for all knew that voice. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Ann Radcliffe I would, if possible, lose the remembrance of a transaction which must for ever stain my character, and the rigorous effect of which, I fear, it is not in your power, my Lord, to soften. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

George Elio Howiver, Dempster’s lost one client by his wicked doins, an’ I’m deceived if he won’t lose more nor one. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Jonathan Swif So lose your money again, now you are come home; do, sirrah. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

If I lose my sister I shall have no one. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

We reckon he’s in Switzerland, but that is a state with quite a lot of diversified scenery to lose a man in . Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Thomas Hardy But they took no notice, and fearing she might lose her character of genial hostess if she were to interfere too markedly, she retired and sat down helpless. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Rudyard Kipling A man can lose as much as ever he likes and he can fight as well, and if he loses all his money he steals to get more. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells They need only “unite”; they had “nothing to lose but their chains”. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

George Gissing I can’t afford to lose any opportunity. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry Handel Richardson To lose himself in another’s thoughts was the one anodyne left him. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson If I am to lose my life, or the lives of those that hang by me, through the means of your clan, let me go where I have to go with my eyes open. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Warrigal picked up the old mare’s tracks, so we knew father had made over that way, and there was no call for us to lose time running his trail any longer. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

I lose myself when I try to describe the feminine intoxications, the wonderful fascination exercised by this dark-eyed siren. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Gross mismanagement, I say, and if he had his billet with a private firm he’d lose his job. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Before the renewed wrath of winds swooped on his ship, Captain MacWhirr was moved to declare, in a tone of vexation, as it were: “I wouldn’t like to lose her. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Ford Madox Ford Still, roosters beaten by other roosters lose their masculinity. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Mark Twain Our guide observed that a good Mohammedan would consider himself doomed to stay with the damned forever if he were to lose his scalp-lock and die before it grew again. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

John Stuart Mill On the contrary, even opinions lose their immunity, when the circumstances in which they are expressed are such as to constitute their expression a positive instigation to some mischievous act. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Thus shall we lose the less through Liudeger’s men. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Abraham Merri And if I lose — you’ll come after us, Goodwin, with help — won’t you?” And again I promised. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins Anything, anything, rather than lose you!” She lifted her head slowly and looked at him. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Walter Besant Then, indeed, my brave companion and trusty friend, who had kept me in heart by his own courage, seemed to lose his courage suddenly. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Besides, you can lose little pleasure by being absent; for the play-houses are all closed, and the Court is in mourning for the French Queen-mother. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Meredith Much that we hope for hangs with you: We lose you, but we lose to win. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

H.P. Lovecraft After that the scene was almost wholly kaleidoscopic, and in the jumble of sights, sounds, and unidentified sense-impressions I felt that I was about to dissolve or in some way lose the solid form. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

George Meredith We mayn’t lose time, my girl. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I could not lose him now, for all the world. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Willa Cather Mr. Kronborg believed that big cities were places where people went to lose their identity and to be wicked. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I stood and watched the boat until it was nearly half-way to Frye’s Island, loath to lose sight of what had helped me to enjoy the day so much. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Indeed, in addressing the last-named personage, the poet seems to lose all control over himself. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Anthony Trollope But he was chiefly angry with himself for this — that he had been a villain without gaining anything by his villany; that he had been a villain, and was to lose so much by his villany. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Dericka did not lose her head. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

And tell him not to lose any time. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

D. H. Lawrence But he had grace at the bottom of him, which told him that, above all things, he did not want to lose her, he was not going to lose her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell And when a man’s mind is full o’ business, most particular when it’s other folk’s as is trusted to him, he seems to lose count on the very things he’d most care for at another time. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Algernon Blackwood I did but lose my way for a time. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Henry James He even lingered to see the vehicle start away and lose itself in the confusion of Bond Street. He followed it with his eyes; it put to him embarrassing things. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

George Meredith I remember her saying on the day of your majority, it was the nose of a monarch destined to lose a throne. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Virginia Woolf They all have it; they all lose it. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

But at the same time it began to lose even the rough shape it had. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing We gain nothing by it; we lose immensely. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

But how did he come to lose his coat — ” Chief Inspector Heat suddenly pulled out a pink newspaper he had bought less than half-an-hour ago. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Meredith I must rush up to London to breathe and then we won’t lose a moment. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Jules Verne Gradually the fog began to lose its light, and then its transparency, and the howling wind was heard not far off. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Henry Handel Richardson My dear, you’ll see what you do see! I’m no chicken, Mary, nor any mealy-mouthed schoolgirl to lose me chance for want of opening me mouth. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Algernon Blackwood And you’ll lose that anyhow. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Now we shall have company, and not lose our way in this beastly “bush”, as they call it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Florence Dixie I never guessed how I loved him ; I never knew what to lose him would be. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

H. G. Wells I dislike my voice in a meeting so much that it gives me an exasperated manner and I lose my thread listening to it. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The truth, however, has after all a merit of its own, and the great kinsfolk of poor Lord Ernest have but little to lose by its divulgence. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Thomas Hardy Many people who lose a trinket involuntarily give a momentary look for it in passing the spot ever so long afterwards. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins Her few trifling indoor resources had, as I could see, begun to lose their attractions for her at last. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell Roger was the only representative of these interests now; but the squire was unwilling to lose the insurance by ceasing to pay the annual sum. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Victor Hugo Intentions lose their transparency. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jules Verne Still he did not lose consciousness. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arnold Bennett I suppose I lose a hundred pounds a week in that way. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Anthony Trollope If it could be well to lose the world for a woman, it would be well to lose it for her. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Most of his clients had already transferred to other agents; and Purdy’s advice to Richard was, to lose no time in following their example. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Niccolo Machiavelli For, as one engagement that you win cancels out every other bad action of yours, so likewise, when you lose one, all the things you have done well before become useless. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

George Gissing But under no circumstance allow yourselves to lose courage. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry James My nephew had kept me waiting a week, with a serenity all his own; but this very coolness was a help to harmony — so long, that is, as I didn’t lose my temper with it. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Jane Austen It was of the utmost consequence to her that Crawford should now lose no time in declaring himself, and she was disturbed that even a day should be gone by without seeming to advance that point. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

George Gissing You are the only friend I have of my own sex, and I could not bear to lose you. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Saint–Aignan, of whom he would not lose sight, waited on the king. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

But the Kanakas, though capital water-dogs, were frightened by their vessel’s being adrift, and by the emergency of the case, and seemed to lose their faculties. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Now this will never do, Hajji. The smallpox has always been a comfortable source of revenue to me; I cannot afford to lose it, because an infidel chooses to come here and treat us like cattle. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Anthony Trollope He was not as those are who, in losing power, lose a costly plaything, which they love indeed over well, but the loss of which hurts only their pride. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Wilkie Collins If I am wrong, it will be my painful duty to lose no time in placing the matter in the hands of the police. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Therefore, Anna Kastellane, we do not wish to lose the sympathy of such women as you. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Marie Corelli For whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake the same shall save it. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

But you’re here, and I have you after all—and now I must never lose you again—never, never. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Not wishing to lose it, for it was the one my father always used, I went back for it. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

Elizabeth Von Arnim No, she couldn’t lose George; even if he had been misjudging her, she couldn’t. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

It said: My dearest love — my darling sister — dear sisters both! — in God’s name, lose not a moment. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson There is not anything more bitter than to lose a fancied friend. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Snowball followed wherever I went like a shadow, for he was determined not to lose me for one minute. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson I am not considered clever, and can only speak out plainly what is in my heart: that I love you, and that I cannot bear to lose all knowledge of you. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith If she did, she would lose her argument. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

I am afraid, Mr. Halliday,” added the secretary timidly, “that you will lose Miss Moon.” Dan laughed cheerfully. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

George Gissing It went with his secret inclination; for, at this stage of the combat, to lose all his aims would be a bitter disappointment. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James I don’t want to lose anything, myself. The American by Henry James [1877]

Henry James He couldn’t leave Mrs. Luna, and yet he couldn’t stay with her and lose the only thing he had come so much out of his way for. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

H.P. Lovecraft He slackened speed, though his sensations of homecoming made him wish to lose not a moment. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

We gain more by this than we lose by the infraction of some pedant’s canon about the artistically correct intersection of right lines. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Florence Dixie It would not do to lose you, would it ? Without you I should be a helpless cripple in my path of vengeance ; without you that skulking husband of mine would be able to snap his fingers in my face. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Baldwin Spencer If any were left lying about and a native should chance to tread on them he would soon lose the use of his legs and his arms also would most probably be affected. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Radclyffe Hall Well, now, what does it all mean? It seems to me that it means just this: I’ve lost your father, I’ve lost your sister, and now I’m to lose you. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Algernon Blackwood Seeking a reaction from normal, everyday things, he made tourist trips; yet, while recognising the comedy in his attitude, he never could lose sight of the grandeur that banked it up so hauntingly. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

But I don’t want to lose Grimaud.” “You shall have one of my musketeers to carry a torch for you. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James I’m not promising, eh? Society can’t lose a less valuable member. The American by Henry James [1877]

Guy de Maupassan The old abbé had been appointed Dean of Goderville. Jeanne was really sorry to lose the old man, who had been associated with all her recollections as a young woman. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Well, I was almost beginning to lose patience, when I sat down in a fancy-stationer’s shop to rest myself. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne In that case, Mr. Fogg would only lose a part of the forty-eight hours saved since the beginning of the tour. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

G. K. Chesterton Making a blasted fool of myself was the fair price to be paid for the vow or wager; for one ought always to lose something on a wager. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Sinclair Lewis Oh God, I’m sure to lose her! “But Edith Minton — she is good-looking, too, in that Diana sort of way. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens The Princess being herself so fond of that Duke, as to tell him that he must either do so then, or for ever lose her, they were wedded; and Henry afterwards forgave them. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu You’ll do something for poor Vargers? Well, time enough! You must not lose heart now, my lady. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Theodore Dreiser I stand to lose eight hundred thousand if I marry her — really, a great deal more, now that the company has been organised into a trust. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

W. H. Hudson Vainly I begged him not to lose himself, telling him what the effect of his attempt, whether he succeeded or failed, would be on Donata and on Monica — it would break those poor women’s hearts. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Anthony Trollope Most affectionately yours, Gregory Newton. I wouldn’t lose a day in doing anything you might direct about the Holborn property. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Andrew Lang A cry from the slave warned me that I had no time to lose if I would save my life, so I snatched up the pot and fled with it like the wind. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Confound it, don’t lose your wits, man. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anne Bronte I’m sorry to lose Hatfield, I confess; but the first decent man, or number of men, that come to supply his place, will be more than welcome. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Wilkie Collins Who are the people who lose shillings and sixpences by sheer thoughtlessness? Servants and small clerks, to whom shillings and sixpences are of consequence. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Theodore Dreiser If Cowperwood could not pay it, the city would have to lose it; but the scandal must be hushed up until after election. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence Why did she so lose courage? They resumed their strange walk. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather It was not that she chose to stay; she had to stay — or lose everything. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edith Wharton Here, however, his spirit breathed its natural air, and reluctant to lose the privileges of such intercourse he decided to accept the post of librarian to an eccentric nobleman of the town. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Haydon began to lose confidence in his ability to finish his series, and with him loss of self-confidence was a fatal sign. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

D. H. Lawrence You bring us to a certain point, and when you go away, we lose it all again, and receive you like creatures who have never known you. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Ford Madox Ford She was afraid that, if she did, Edward and Florence would make a bolt of it, and that, if they did that, she would lose forever all chance of getting him back in the end. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

He began to lose faith in the old sleuthhound. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Theodore Dreiser Somehow — no one could have said exactly why — the general political feeling was that the financier and the former city treasurer would lose their appeals and eventually be sentenced together. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle Our commercial honour and integrity are more precious to us than anything else, and we have both agreed that we are ready to sacrifice anything rather than lose it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The groans and sighs of those who lose their life By this kind lord, in unrelenting flames You hear: I cannot tell you half their names. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

But he did not lose his wits and made no attempt to struggle. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Virginia Woolf He shuffled and squirmed; she felt that she was going to lose her temper. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Edgar Rice Burroughs With a bound the startled beast turned into the jungle, but Tarzan was not to lose another rope through the same cause as the first. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

H. Rider Haggard It was foolish conduct on his part, but then people suffering under unmerited snubs, neglect, and mockery at the hands of a lady they admire are apt to lose their judgment and do foolish things. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

She could not very well afford to lose it, and she had been bitter on the Pells, one and all, ever since. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

It was almost over now; he was always a little lower, and when he stood up he did not lose the dream. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Henry Fielding The wind, indeed, would have carried us thither sooner; but the captain was not in a hurry, as he was to lose nothing by his delay. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

G. K. Chesterton I suppose some men do lose their wits through science as through love and other good things. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Helen Zimmern Soon after this marriage Maria’s eyes grew inflamed, and a leading physician pronounced in her hearing that she would infallibly lose her sight. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Thomas Hardy I should be sorry to lose you. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing I should like to think—and I know—that you would be sorry to lose me; but to see you miserable on my account, or to think you miserable after I have gone—I couldn’t bear that. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

He bids fair to lose that, as well as break all our hearts. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

D’Artagnan had determined to lose no time, and in fact he never was in the habit of doing so. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Having shot me, do what you may to interrupt my business; to lose my papers and accounts; to prevent my recovery, and to blast my reputation — Sir, I shall have compensation for all. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins I cannot face her, I cannot face you— I must go, before I lose all control over myself. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Anthony Trollope I can’t lose all my day in this way. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis But I can’t cut out right in the bus —” “But can’t you see, you poor nut, you won’t be leaving ’em — they’ll either pay you what they ought to or lose you. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing She couldn’t marry Gilbert, and yet she doesn’t want him to lose the library. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells They will see that to repudiate the system by more than a chance word or deed is to become isolated, to become a discontented alien, to lose even the qualified permission to do something in the world. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope And as to the lawsuit, it seems to me, from what I hear, that he would certainly lose it. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

It was only when she was dying that the bailiff knew he was going to lose her; and it must be confessed that he took the loss very calmly. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Of one thing you can be quite assure — I certainly do not wish to lose your friendship, and if it can in any way be arranged . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Anthony Trollope They’d lose one set of supporters, and wouldn’t gain another. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope This was the day on which Jack had gone to Brotherton. “We shall be sorry to lose you. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

R. D. Blackmore And not to lose this, she arose right early, and rousing Lord Keppel, set forth for the spot where she kept her net covered with sea-weed. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope But, whenever their efforts are unexpectedly, and for themselves unfortunately successful, they are so taken aback that they lose the power of behaving themselves with even gigantesque propriety. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen Blendau was about to lose consciousness as she opened the curtains of the bed. The Grey Chamber by Marjorie Bowen

Willa Cather But broken music boxes may drink whatsoever they list, and no one cares whether they lose their figure. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Willa Cather It had become a habit with him to lose himself. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope I dare say you could lose a great deal of money and care nothing about it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard I have now waited for you for seventeen minutes, and let me tell you that at my time of life I cannot afford to lose seventeen minutes. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Maria Edgeworth I always — but this is between ourselves — suspected that I did not lose my last thousand to her fairly. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

The words she had so long admired did not lose their force or beauty, but they were the mere feel of the texture. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

A. E. W. Mason Colonel Trench began to lose all hope. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

I contrived to lose a small fortune and exhaust the pleasures of the Turf before my majority. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli I feel no inclination to lose the golden hours in these gloomy rooms. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

And I— you see me here — don’t forget to tell them the condition you found me in, and — and — now don’t lose a moment. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I did not lose sight of him for an instant. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

John Galsworthy Win or lose — nothing’s worse for public life than private ructions. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Doctor Dangeu was a young Génevois; for a moment he was afraid that he was going to lose a profitable patient, but, when Dick reassured him, he divulged the fact that Mr. Warren was indeed dying. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Algernon Blackwood We cannot, for our life’s sake, and for the sake of our philosophical reconstruction, afford to lose in scientific analysis what the poets and artists and the lovers of Nature all see. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It wouldn’t do to lose that thing; no more would it answer to let them find it. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Thank God that dear young lady did not lose her life, shut up a prisoner in that miserable room, as she might have done. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Wilkie Collins We would not lose sight of him altogether on any consideration whatever. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Charles Dickens Thou mak’st me humbly wishfo’ to be more like thee, and fearfo’ to lose thee when this life is ower, and a’ the muddle cleared awa’. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Henry James I’m sorry, in that case, that I lose the pleasure, myself, of announcing to you a fact that touches me so nearly. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

William Makepeace Thackeray If it was asked for I said I had taken it and gave it back; — if it was not missed, I said nothing about it, as why should I? — those who don’t miss their money, don’t lose their money. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

Mark Twain I lost my temper; I lose it easiest and quickest in the early morning. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Arthur Conan Doyle Eight of them, my friends, with three peasants, and I unarmed! Was Etienne Gerard in despair? Did he lose his wits? Ah, you know me too well; but they did not know me yet, these dogs of brigands. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Anthony Trollope Dick had little to lose by a row, whereas the Baronet would be injured. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I would not lose mine for worlds; it is my good genius, my inspiration; and whenever that image melts into air, and I see it no more, the last good principle of my life will have perished. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

I like the little lad, and would find him for you if I could, rather than help to lose him. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Robert Louis Stevenson The stupid reader will only be offended, and the clever reader lose the scent. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Then I managed to lose myself in the crowd, and coming up here got the music up. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I would sooner lose my tongue than let it say such a word. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

But the bank could well afford to lose just then, since the players, intimidated by your losses, had staked so modestly. Sir Julian Garve by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

George Meredith Don’t talk to me on any other subject, or lose one minute. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Whoever it was who had made the wager was likely to lose his bet. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Walter Scott If you will help me it is well; if not, let me lose no time in debating with thee, since I think every moment an age till the packet is in the General’s possession. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Francis Bacon It is also observable in distillations per descensorium, which men use for delicate flowers that soon lose their scent. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

John Galsworthy Uncle Hilary had once exhorted her not to lose her sense of humour. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

How can I convince you? Think for a moment, what have I to gain or lose by saying such a thing? I shall be gone hence in a few hours, perhaps minutes. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

I have wel red in Dan Burnel the asse Among his verses, how ther was a cok, That when a prestes sone gave him a knok Upon his leg, whil he was yong and nyce, He made him for to lose his benefice. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

H. G. Wells We lose the trick of easy clinging. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

But he had no time to lose in conjectures. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Edith Wharton I was almost alarmed, at one time, at the way it took hold of him: when the papers began to talk about him as a formative influence I was afraid he’d lose his head and go into the church. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Andrew Lang When they were in the garden the fairy said: ‘Let us lose no time, but tell me how I can be of use to you. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Why, you’re perfectly bewitched with that fellow! You’ve lost your head, Silas Lapham, and if you don’t look out you’ll lose your money too. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

In nearing the grave, all fears and hopes, of whatever nature, relating to this world, lose their force, and fears or hopes regarding the next world take their place. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

They say you’re either to win him or lose him then,’ she added, looking closely at Sally as she spoke. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Yet, as one grows old, one sees that the very best things we women have lose all their virtue if we keep them to ourselves. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Charles Dickens That’ll do, Miss Weedle. Don’t lose your ticket. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Henry Handel Richardson But this mood also was a transient one; hours followed, when she no longer sought and questioned, but when she gave, recklessly, in a wild endeavour to lose the sense of twofold being. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens I’d sooner by half, though I lose by it, see a man tear his clothes a’ purpose to spile ’em before they come to me, than find him snivelling. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]