Phrases with "lose"

Samuel Johnson To lose this spirit, is to lose what no small advantage will compensate. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

George Meredith He was outstaying his leave of absence already, she believed; he had to be in England. If he feared to lose Henrietta, he would not hesitate to carry her off. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope Marie had thought of that also, and was aware that she must lose no time in making her purpose known, so that articles which would be unnecessary might not be purchased. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Monk did not lose one of the movements of his hands, or one of the expressions of his eyes. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Sinclair Lewis And worse, you could lose all your democracy here. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

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

George Meredith I don’t bet; I don’t care to waltz; I can’t keep horses; so I don’t lose much by the privation to which I subject myself. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Sinclair Lewis Our only request is that if you do find any serums which are of real value to the world, we shall have the privilege of manufacturing them, and if we lose money on ’em, it doesn’t matter. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Washington Irving The great lexicographer, spoiled by the homage of society, was still more prone than himself to lose temper when the argument went against him. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Anthony Trollope She did not, however, lose her senses, and after a time she became more tranquil, and was able to listen to his plans. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Louisa May Alcott Some are naughty through mismanagment or neglect, and some lose their mothers. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Samuel Johnson The young Laird of Col, who had determined not to let us lose his company, while there was any difficulty remaining, came over with us. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

At the present moment, he dares not lose sight of me for his life. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Leslie Stephen It may be remarked that its excellence is due in part to the fact that, for once, Pope does not lose his temper. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Abraham Merri Also if I lose sight of this man — I might forever lose sight of that reward you owe me for him. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

George Meredith I cannot endure to lose a member of my household—not under any circumstances; and a change of feeling toward me on the part of any of my friends because of marriage, I think hard. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Mark Twain Nothing offered for some little time, and then he remembered hearing the doctor tell about a certain thing that laid up a patient for two or three weeks and threatened to make him lose a finger. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

H. G. Wells But once in the stream he seemed to lose volition, to become a part of that dusty rout. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jules Verne I would rather lose an arm than a paw of my poor Satellite.” Saying which, he offered some water to the wounded dog, who swallowed it with avidity. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Williams fully expected to lose his command; but, as it turned out, the old beast, Perkins, was quite daunted by the loss of his niece. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

It is when you have all your eggs in the same basket, or only one egg left in the basket, that you lose your sense of proportion. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Andrew Lang I turned my eyes slowly on him, and the look I gave him caused him almost to lose his senses. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Miles Franklin Yer very small; I admire a good lump of a woman meself — but don’t ye lose heart. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Jules Verne It would be better to lose some hours. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Sir Walter Scott Long they fought equally, until the Miller began to lose temper at finding himself so stoutly opposed, and at hearing the laughter of his companions, who, as usual in such cases, enjoyed his vexation. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

H. G. Wells And then she began to lose sight of him altogether, because the wood was growing blacker and blacker; it was as if a succession of black gauzes was being drawn between them. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

He stepped forward with a smile on his face, having already recovered that nonchalant manner common to old offenders who, when in custody, seem to lose all feeling of anger against the police. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope None of the Woodward circle were content thus to lose their friend. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

For with convalescence Woodilee seemed to lose its wits. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Virginia Woolf She raised her hand when she saw him and smiled at him; but she kept her hand raised as if the noise he had made caused her to lose what she was trying to hear. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

You’re not ailing, Nunkie, are you? You do look wofully sick though; too bad to lose a second uncle at the same early age. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Mrs. Meldrum put before me the question of waiting till a later train, so as not to lose our young lady; but I confess I gave this alternative a consideration less profound than I pretended. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell The tide had turned; the waves were slowly receding, as if loath to lose the hold they had, so lately, and with such swift bounds, gained on the yellow sands. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

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

Edgar Rice Burroughs Juag was leaning over a near-by rock, his hand out-stretched to aid me in clambering to his side; nor did I lose any time in availing myself of his proffered assistance. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anthony Trollope His client should lose her cause meekly and graciously, and should then have a claim for alms. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Heads were craned forward, and eyes and ears strained to lose nothing of what was about to happen. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Wilkie Collins I lose myself sometimes, without knowing it; and I suppose I lost myself just now. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

The violence of the blow caused him to lose his stirrups, and, as his horse galloped on and the branch was too stout to bend, he was brushed from his saddle and thrown rudely back. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

This pistol—oh, a weapon fit for a prince!—it shall be only forty francs to you, friend Mignot—if I lose ten by the sale. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

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]

George Meredith O for the bloom on them! “As I said, I lose my right hand in Vernon,” he resumed, “and I am, it seems, inevitably to lose him, unless we contrive to fasten him down here. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

James Joyce Fearing to lose all, he raised himself suddenly on his elbow to look for paper and pencil. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have just had the misfortune to lose to him a bet of twenty-five thousand francs. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Gaston Leroux There is only I who can prove that innocence! You lose Natacha by killing me!” “If you had been able to prove that innocence, monsieur, the thing would already be done. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

We’re a maritime nation — we’ve grown by the sea and live by it; if we lose command of it we starve. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

H. G. Wells He knew the value of his Marjorie, and did not mean to lose her. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Henry James I lose sight of him at times — he disappears abroad. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

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

E. F. Benson I feel one shouldn’t lose a day or a minute. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

George Gissing It’s very hard for me to lose you like this. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Andrew Lang Now, to lose one’s nose, is worse even than losing one’s ear or one’s finger, and the king hesitated as to whether he should comply. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He said he could not bear to lose time, and therefore wrote at once. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

John Galsworthy The primary law of existence having been followed to its logical and — win or lose — unsatisfying conclusion, the sand is out of your dolly, you loll and droop. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Which with your leave, Lord, I will promise now to do, other else to lose my life. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

If I have this baby I’ll lose my job, of course. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Then he asked mockingly what I was accusing him of, and”— she sighed —“I was foolish enough to lose my temper altogether and call him a thief. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

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

Would the watchers draw the inference desired? They must do it at once, for if the geese came too near, they would lose their heads, stream back, and all would be lost. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Wilkie Collins The clergyman of the parish put an advertisement in the paper begging him to come back, and saying that he should not lose his situation or his friends. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Nevertheless, he would not lose sight of the matter for more than two or three weeks together. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Jules Verne All lunar relief was defiling under the eyes of the travelers, and they would not lose a single detail. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Now that I was about to lose her I was beginning to realise what a queen among women she was; an earthly saint if ever there was one. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

You write, and then we shall not lose our dignity though we are insulted. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

England has more to lose than she dreams. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

H. G. Wells In the first place, when all I’ve got to say is done, let me lose my miraculous power, let my will become just like anybody else’s will, and all these dangerous miracles be stopped. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

George Meredith His humour striking with hers, they smiled together in the bright fashion of young people who can lose themselves in a ray of fancy at any season. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

John Galsworthy If he does anything foolish, he’ll lose his curatorship. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

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

You must not lose an hour in getting your committee together, and printing your address. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

I did pity her then, I’m sure: still I didn’t wish to lose my place, you know. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Ford Madox Ford Attending his first-class office when he liked: too good a man for any administration to lose by putting on the screw . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

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

Andrew Lang For which I cry both day and night, For which I let slip all delight, That maketh me both deaf and blind, Careless to win, unskilled to find, And quick to lose what all men seek. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Jack London Sometimes, walkin’ the streets at night, I’ve ben that desperate I’ve made up my mind to win the horse or lose the saddle. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

We named it, after our ship, Trevelyan Peak, and then felt anxious to lose sight of it forever. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I lose interest in this mob,” she went on, with a wave of her hand. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Guy de Maupassan She became thinner, and at the same time, flabbier than ever, and almost began to lose her trust in God, when, suddenly, she had an inspiration. Jeroboam by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Kingsley We knew that if we were to be burnt out our loss would be very heavy; but we thanked God that even were we to lose everything it would not be irreparable, and that we should still be wealthy. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

James Anthony Froude It was merely that being simple-minded, he found in his Bible that besides earning his bread he had to save or lose his soul. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

I kept up, and, anxious not to lose him, I said hurriedly that I couldn’t think of leaving him under a false impression of my — of my — I stammered. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

A thought struck me, as I pondered over the fate of my Armenian protégé—‘I will either save this youth or lose him,’ thought I, ‘and never was there a better opportunity than the present. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Rafael Sabatini And yet can it be that your lust of vengeance is so insatiable that sooner than willingly forgo an ounce of it you will lose your head?” His face became grim again. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Algernon Blackwood The doctor, he said, feared she had recovered the use of her limbs, only to lose that of her memory, and perhaps even of her mind. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

George Gissing Though I do my best to keep up a respectable appearance I’m only a poor woman, and I could ill afford to lose three weeks’ rent. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H. G. Wells She found she was not going to lose her breath. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Jules Verne The passengers were determined to lose none of the beauties of nature to be displayed during the thirty miles’ voyage. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Willa Cather Thea began to wonder whether people could not utterly lose the power to work, as they can lose their voice or their memory. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Theodore Dreiser He entered, expecting to indulge in an evening of lightsome frolic, and then lose track of the newcomer forever. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. Rider Haggard Going! Come, Xavier, don’t lose her. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ve begun to feel that I was meant to lose this chance. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Kate Chopin He was very careful of this pail-or its contents, for he feared to lose a drop. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Thomas Hardy He began to lose hope of ever overtaking her, when all at once, by way of encouragement, she turned to a fence in which there was a stile and leaped over it. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson To lose wife and child thus, at one stroke . Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope Give it up, though it be ever so much as you’ve got to lose by him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

But he never did lose his temper these days. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope He’d lose the Bank of England if he had it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

To lose you now would not merely inflict a passing pang, but sow the seeds of a grief that would go with me to the grave. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

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

Marjorie Bowen I will not lose my children, the money, my position, make myself a laughing stock. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Henry Fielding What, did you lose nothing, madam?” “Nothing at all,” answered Amelia. “He did not even take the child’s watch. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Sir Walter Scott And you may go your own course — break your indenture, ruin your father, lose your character, and bid pretty Mistress Margaret farewell, for ever and a day. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Henry James Don’t you worry, we shan’t lose them. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Benjamin Disraeli We are going to lose Imogene.” “Ah! she is going to be married,” said Endymion, blushing. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Rudyard Kipling I lay ‘e’d lose ‘is commission, tho’, if it come out that ‘e’d been fightin’ with a private. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

George Gissing She could never forget that he toiled first and foremost for his own advancement to a very cheap reputation; he would not allow her to lose sight of it had she wished. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Ann Radcliffe He delighted in the terrible and in the grand, more than in the softer landscape; and, wrapt in the bright visions of fancy, would often lose himself in awful solitudes. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

D. H. Lawrence For he did not want to lose her: he did not want her to lapse away. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

He would, in fact, lose more than he would gain by restrictions of this kind. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

He started to say something, choked, and, turning abruptly, hurried off to lose himself in the crowd of his more fortunate fellows. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Edgar Rice Burroughs I’m not finding fault; but I don’t wish to lose sight myself, or let you lose sight, of the greater work which must grow out of this preliminary and necessary carnage. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Wilkie Collins Don’t lose your trust in the future, and your trust in God. God, who has saved my husband, can save Frank. While there is doubt, there is hope. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Thomas Wolfe For, being of the ilk, we grow confused, struggle with Green (so with ourselves), argue, debate, deny, are tarred with the same brush, and so lose judgment. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Virginia Woolf You know the poor in Ireland lose their teeth after they’re twenty. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

H. P. Lovecraft Accordingly, I became very quiet, in the hope that the unknown beast would, in the absence of a guiding sound, lose its direction as had I, and thus pass me by. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

It was a great blow to him to lose his only son. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

Anne Bronte But I suppose you don’t want to lose all the blood in your body — I’ll just condescend to bind that up for you. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Wilkie Collins Hitherto, Lady Malkinshaw had preserved her temper with the patience of an angel; but she began—and who can wonder?—to lose it, at last. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Willa Cather He knew she sensed all the shades of personal feeling, the accords and antipathies in the household, as keenly as he did, and he would have hated to lose her good opinion. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing People really called to do something never lose confidence in themselves, and have no false modesty about expressing it. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

I dare say poor little Rosy-posy will be sorry to lose her old father; but she’ll have you to console her, and she won’t grieve long. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

To lose money at bridge and not to have to pay it was one of those rare experiences which gave the card-table a glamour in her eyes which it could never otherwise have possessed. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

And when he, thurgh his madnes and folye, Hath lost his owne good in jeopardie, Than he exciteth other men therto, To lose their good, as he himself hath do. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Henry James You must save what you can of your life; you mustn’t lose it all simply because you’ve lost a part. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Jack London So a coster is twice as likely to lose his reason as a soldier, and five times as likely as a farmer. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Guy de Maupassant Then he decided to lose her, and he gave her to a teamster, who was to drop her on the other side of Paris, near Joinville-le-Pont. Cocotte returned the same day. Mademoiselle Cocotte by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

G. K. Chesterton He did not lose his lounging air of doing the thing because he chose; possibly (the more subtle have suspected) because that was really why he did it. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Edith Wharton And then, the moment he was in his bedroom, dressing, the sight of Filmore made him lose his temper again. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Arthur Morrison I do not tell the police, for that is to lose it altogether. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Nothing can be more terrible than to lose one’s sight. In the World by Maksim Gorky

E. F. Benson Don’t lose sight of that, and don’t let her lose sight of it either. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Let us lose no more time, but use all possible expedition in opening our hearts to Him.’ ‘I wish, Treadman, since you are not a parson, that you wouldn’t ape the professional twang. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [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

Anthony Trollope She could not afford to lose the lover that she loved, and also the lover that she did not love. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope If you lost money to me, you wouldn’t think it necessary to pay; and I certainly shall lose none to you. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

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]

Edith Wharton His health was never the same after the fever; and by and by he began to lose his pupils, and the patriots cooled off as his pockets fell in. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Not that I worry much about my investment; for I shan’t lose much by it at the worst. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Walter Scott In a free nation, it seemed as if he would rather gain than lose in the public estimation by a conduct which could not but seem gallant and generous. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

She went on a little, paused, and began to lose heart in the dismal solitude, when on a sudden, a few doors farther on, she thought she heard Madame’s voice. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing The moment that the day’s work was over, he hurried anxiously home, resolved to lose no time in solving his doubts. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

D. H. Lawrence She can’t lose her self-respect to such an extent. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

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

Wilkie Collins Set Eustace’s prejudices at defiance in this particular, and you lose your hold on his gratitude, his penitence, and his love — you will, in my belief, never see him again. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Behold me at your feet,” spake he queen; “avenge me on Hagen, that he lose his life. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

If she moved she would lose it. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Jane Austen I shall not lose you so soon, and Edward will have greater opportunity of improving that natural taste for your favourite pursuit which must be so indispensably necessary to your future felicity. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Henry James Mr. Ruck said nothing, but he presently went in; whereupon, feeling that I mustn’t lose him, I did the same. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [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]

Marjorie Bowen I find that unless I put these things into words I lose them. Ann Mellor’s Lover by Marjorie Bowen

Elizabeth Gaskell I’ll make my vow now, lest I lose mysel’ again. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Gaston Leroux If we wish not to lose it, then we must arrive easily and calmly, like friends who know the general is out of danger. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Niccolo Machiavelli These men say thusly: either that it is useless and our trusting in it will cause us to lose the State: or it is of virtue, and he who governs through it can easily deprive her of it. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Giovanni e Paolo at Venice. Like Catullus’s Lesbia, whose immortal passer Butler felt sure was also a passero solitario, she had the misfortune to lose her pet. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Henry James But I don’t wish you to live; I would die myself, not to lose you. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

And now I am thinking, what do you do with the people who lose their high office? I suppose they go back among the Numbers again? The man laughed. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Marjorie Bowen What had I been, thought I, had I met and won her when I was twenty-one? What may it not mean to Marius to win or lose this lady? I did not dare it should be through me. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Mr Tibbets had a stout heart and he determined not to lose the scent. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Florence Dixie Anxious to lose nothing of the scenery, I had risen at about four o’clock, and certainly I had no reason to repent of my eagerness. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Henry James Suddenly Mallet became conscious of a singular and most illogical impulse — a desire to stop him, to have another word with him — not to lose sight of him. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim Don’t you think so? But then you are rather a dreamer, aren’t you? You like to lose yourself—I don’t. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

And again Powell seemed to lose himself in the past. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Guy de Maupassan You must not lose all these through a mere caprice. A New Year’s Gift by Guy de Maupassan

Charles Dickens The tide ran strong, I took care to lose none of it, and our steady stroke carried us on thoroughly well. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Gaston Leroux In a short time he had made a perfect pattern which he handed to me, begging me not to lose it. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

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]

The detective began to lose patience. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Sir Walter Scott I had better lose my right hand than his service at this moment. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

D. H. Lawrence You can’t lose yourself, so stop trying. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Herein Shall my captivity be made my happiness; Since what I lose in freedom, I regain With interest. Lodore by Mary Shelley

I would sooner lose mine office than my life, so I will trouble them no more. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Edgar Rice Burroughs Hooja must have commenced to realize that he was going to lose us, for he again gave orders that we be fired upon. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

I’ll give you my sheep, sorry though I be to lose them, and I hope I may never come near this place again as long as I live. Journey of Little Profit by John Buchan [1898]

Anthony Trollope But the Dean, when the lawyer’s letter reached him, was certain that Mr. Battle did not mean to lose the time simply in thinking over the matter. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Charles Kingsley Did I gain or lose by telling my Claude all?” “I will!” she cried, looking up pale but firm. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

And don’t you worry, Miss Constance, or you’ll lose all your pussies. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Frederick Marryat It won’t do to lose the pony, or to run any serious risk, for the sake of the heifer and calf. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Caroline Lamb I will rather lose my life, than stand to hear him called an arch fiend. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Henry Kingsley Mr. Hawker, I warned you before about this; you’ll lose every sixpence you’re worth, and then you will say it was done at my house, quite forgetting to mention that I warned you of it repeatedly. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

As a Communist I regard it as a most selfish procedure and I’d love him to lose the lot. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Nikolai Gogol So while he was getting to the balcony, Ivan Ivanovitch had plenty of time to lose himself in surmises as to why the chief was flourishing his hands so vigorously. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Elizabeth Gaskell They began to lose all hope in his future career. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

To load carelessly would be simply to lose his last chance; to take the proper care in loading meant fatal loss of time, or rather, throwing away his life. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

If you’re going to lose a ship, I would ask no better myself than a Kanaka crew. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Jules Verne Robur, who knew the customs of Dahomey, did not lose sight of the men, women, and children reserved for butchery. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

H. G. Wells It was not only loss but disgrace to lose her. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Marjorie Bowen I have nothing to lose equal to what I have gained. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Willa Cather You’d break your bones and lose the herd for us. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

The whole face seemed to be saying: “Vile courtier!” “So,” thought the Prince after he had examined her, “I lose this means of bringing her back ‘:> my country. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Anthony Trollope It mustn’t be too late! That child is not to lose her whole life because a villain has played her false. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

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

Robert Louis Stevenson I have saved my life so often, Mr. — I forget your name, which is a very good one — that, faith, I would be very loath to lose it after all. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

R. D. Blackmore I wish he was home again, with all my heart, for I can not bear to lose my children. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

It’s always a mistake to lose your temper and make enemies; there’s no knowing what harm they may do ye. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Morrison What have they done with him?” “Jean Pingard — ’im you ‘ave take downstairs — ‘e ‘ave lose ’im. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Amidst the grand “horticulture,” as it is phrased, of these modern days, it is a pleasure to lose one’s self in the memories of these dear old simple gardens. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]