Phrases with "losing"

Jonathan Swif This letter will find you still in Dublin, I suppose, or at Donnybrook, or losing your money at Walls’ (how does she do?). The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Andrew Lang Without losing a moment the king went to visit his son, and no sooner had he entered the room than the young man flung himself at his father’s feet. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson Elsewhere, and beyond the sphere of Coventry’s influence, we find him losing scruples and daily complying further with the age. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Do you know, I would not have believed it possible to gain so much, in losing all hope of what I desired more ardently than I had ever done anything in my whole life before. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

A great fear of blindness, of losing this most happy life, filled him. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

W. W. Jacobs Henry, who was playing, a losing game of draughts with Sam, looked up with a start, and overturned the board. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Anthony Trollope She told herself on this very journey that the time had now gone by, and that in losing these three years she had lost everything. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Arthur was rapidly losing all self-respect, all hope of better things, all thoughts above his every-day labour and every-day needs. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Charles Dickens Or she might be as ugly as she was rich, without any fear of losing me. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Without losing one particle of my intention, I governed more carefully my looks and actions, and thought I had succeeded in blinding Adelaide to my real feelings and purpose. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells He is the voice of Germany losing control. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Gissing Afraid of losing himself, he returned to the high bank and there waited, his eyes fixed in the direction whence the boat must come. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

She was very fearful of losing the lawyer’s confidence and esteem. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald If you thought up this tripe to please me you’re losing your grip. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Charles Dickens Further, in losing Mugby Junction, he had found himself again; and he was not the more enamoured of himself for having lately passed his time in better company. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

George Meredith Warned of the danger of losing her, he would have done the same again, confessing himself donkey for his pains. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Later I regretted sincerely and bitterly that I gave her such advice, losing sight of Lidochka’s childish light-mindedness. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins Drabble, losing her self-control, and wringing her hands desperately. The Fatal Cradle by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Anthony Trollope He had meant to be back at the cottage by three or four, and yet had made his visit to the castle so long that without any losing of his way he could not have been there before seven. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence When the eyes ceased to laugh they looked as if they had suffered a great deal, still without losing their warmth. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton I will, however, relate the occurrence in detail, even at the risk of losing time, if you really feel that it is essential to the understanding of the problem we have to discuss. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Virginia Woolf For Clara, losing all vivacity, tore up her dance programme and threw it in the fender. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Andrew Lang But instead of losing his shape, as so many had done before, he only grew ten times handsomer; for the water was enchanted for good and not ill. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I have been losing a lot of my sheep lately, that way. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Anthony Trollope Even a losing lawsuit will sometimes do so, if he be well backed up in his pugnacity by his lawyer, and if the matter of the battle be one in which he can take a delight to fight. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

I turned from one street into another without hesitation and threaded a maze of intricate passages, devoid of the fear of losing my way. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Henry Adams The symbol was force, as a compass-needle or a triangle was force, as the mechanist might prove by losing it, and nothing could be gained by ignoring their value. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Leslie Stephen He succeeded commercially; for Lintot, after supplying the subscription copies gratuitously, and so losing the cream of the probable purchasers, made a fortune by the remaining sale. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

H. G. Wells I wouldn’t, even at the price of losing her—and I was now passionately anxious not to lose her—use a single phrase of endearment that did not come out of me almost in spite of myself. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’ve never been afraid of losing my life in a fight and the odds here are very little against us. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

George Gissing That’s a fault of mine, you know; but I was so confoundedly afraid of losing her. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

She was marking time, or, worse than that, was actually losing ground in her endeavour to make a good marriage. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Don’t you remember losing it, sir, and I found it for you, by the swimming pool?” He rubbed his hands together pleasurably. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Andrew Lang The English lost, in losing Paris, ‘a greater gage than Orleans.’ 207 The Scottish immobility was secured in May–June 1429, the months of the Maid’s Loire campaign. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassan Duroy tried to appear self- possessed, but he was haunted continually by the fear of showing his feelings or of losing his self-possession. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Morgan Robertson Still, I know you want to get across with the kid, and if you stay around until I sail it may be months before you get to New York, with the chance of losing her by getting foul of English law. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

H. G. Wells It was a rummy way of losing a jewel, come to think of it. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Arthur Machen For a long while I spoke but little, and then with difficulty; I was fast losing the habit of speech. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

H. G. Wells If he finds his blessed Empire is losing the game, or to put it more exactly, if he finds the game is evaporating away from his blessed Empire, then there must be cheating. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

The Emir revenged himself by publishing in the village an order that all her native servants were to return to their homes, upon pain of losing their property and their lives. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Henry James I began to fear however that he was really losing his head. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

So through the long summer’s day Talbot reasoned with and comforted his friend, never growing weary of his task, never for one moment losing sight of the interests of Aurora Mellish and her husband. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He was a collector of rare editions of the Classics, and would dawdle over a Greek play, edited by some learned German, for a week at a time, losing himself in the profundity of elaborate foot-notes. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Guy de Maupassant At last, losing patience, he commenced to pull it out, and all the bleeding gullet of the beast, with a portion of its intestines, came out. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Ghosts, angels, witches, devils, werewolves, and so forth are now made more human, more like to man, yet without losing any of their ancient power to thrill. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Arthur Conan Doyle Don’t give them an advantage by losing your temper. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Tobias Smolle You must let them take their own way, otherwise you will be in danger of losing your life; for they are obstinate, even to desperation. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Eliot The news seemed to be losing its chillness, and to be something really belonging to warm, comfortable, interesting life. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

He ended by losing his temper; he insisted on having a loaf placed on the table beside him. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

He had seen enough to be persuaded that this unlimited taxation or plunder system would turn out a losing game, such as Unyamyembe and Ugogo were at that time suffering from. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

E. F. Benson Elizabeth had been losing and she was feeling hot. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

He beckoned to us to enter, and without losing a moment we did as we were ordered. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

You run the risk of losing this dear old house, and the estate that belongs to it, as coolly as if it were the veriest trifle. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle What did you do next?” Rance resumed his seat, without, however, losing his mystified expression. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Ivan Turgenev I positively thought very little of the possibility confronting me of losing my life — that, as the Germans assure us, highest good on earth. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Lesbia’s little ivory purse had been emptied of its three or four half-sovereigns, and Mr. Smithson had been capitalising a losing concern for the last two hours. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins I have heard of old people losing their memories. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Leslie Stephen His friends thought that he injured himself by over-exercise; and the battle was necessarily a losing one. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

We at this day are better able than ever to appreciate its force of expression, its grace of phrase, its harmony of rhythmical movement, but it is losing its hold over our imagination. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

E. F. Benson Your sweet bird’s spirit was losing connection with the material sphere; he was rising above it. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Also, it was quite clear from other memoranda that the deceased had recently been losing large sums in transactions upon the Stock Exchange. The Coroner summed up quickly. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

It is in nothing more apparent than in the preparation here at Scheveningen for centuries of summer visitors, while at our Long Island hotel there was a losing bet on a scant generation of them. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

And then, when I was very miserable about losing my training, an English gentleman began to be very kind to me. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Arnold Bennett The truth is, I’ve gradually been losing all control over ye. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Frances Hodgson Burnett But only one thing will save her child—Donal’s child—from being a sort of outcast and losing all he should possess—a quick and quiet marriage which will put all doubt out of the question. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Sigmund Freud The porcelain column in her arms seems to me to be in danger of losing its equilibrium. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry James Laura then, losing patience, turned out the maid and closed the door; she stood before her sister, who was prepared for her drive. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell She recovered herself, but did not taste the food; on the contrary, she covered it up with both her hands, as if afraid of losing it. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Sir Walter Scott Dousterswivel saw he was in danger of losing his dupe, unless he could make some favourable impression on the adviser. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

She was not sure—he would not tell her—but she fancied that he had been losing heavily at cards. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Sir Walter Scott The Laird of Mac — was also captain of an independent company, but valued the sweets of present pay too well to incur the risk of losing them in the Jacobite cause. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Thomas Hardy She saw her purpose in such staring lines, and the landscape so faintly, that she was sometimes in danger of losing her way. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Henry James There was a tender exchange of embraces between Blanche and her friends, and the charming visitor, losing no time, began to chatter with her usual volubility. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was only fearful of losing one particle of the advantage which he had gained. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Gertrude Stein Mary Borden was very Chicago. Gertrude Stein always says that chicagoans spent so much energy losing Chicago that often it is difficult to know what they are. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Jules Verne Some of them struck the sea and ricochetted, losing themselves in the distance. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

George Eliot Never mind about losing an hour at thy work; we can make that up. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

It was still hot, though the sun was losing its glare and the slanting light was yellow. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Am I? But what does it matter? I am losing my sense; for I catch myself for ever looking in the glass, and that is a sure sign of a fool, you know. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Mrs. Morel sat brooding — about her daughter, about Paul, about Arthur. She fretted at losing Annie. The family was very closely bound. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

How was one to explain to the doctors the cause of his malady? Torn asunder by two conflicting interests both so dear to her, Clelia was within an ace of losing her reason. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Thus, losing our identity, that of which we are chiefly conscious, we glory in the continuity of our species, and learn to regard death without terror. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They had their homes and families as before, losing nothing; but they added to this background their own wide gardens and houses, where part of each day was spent. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Gaston Leroux The day following the incident of ‘the inexplicable gallery,’ I felt myself losing control of it. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

John Galsworthy But there was a coolness now, a scent of grass and leaves; the rhododendrons were slowly losing colour, the birds had finished with song. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

The Mayor saw that there was no time to be lost; he stepped back, still keeping the two hands joined in each other, and not losing sight of the newly reconciled men for a single moment. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Theodore Dreiser As before, it went easy for a while, he winning a few times and cheering up, losing a few pots and growing more interested and determined on that account. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Kate Chopin It floated out upon the night, over the housetops, the crescent of the river, losing itself in the silence of the upper air. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Mark Twain Y.M. Well, then, if I was so anxious to get that profit and so intent upon it, why did I threw it away by losing my temper? O.M. In order to get ANOTHER profit which suddenly superseded it in value. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Monsieur Madinier, losing his head, not willing to admit that he did not know his way, ascended a flight of stairs, making the wedding party mount to the next floor. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Rudyard Kipling I mind young Bannister an’ Calder shakin’ hands on a bond to be revenged on the Board at ony reasonable cost this side o’ losing their certificates. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Without losing a minute, Lecoq hastened to this individual’s office. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Sinclair Lewis Came awful close to losing her, too, but I pulled her through all right. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Towards the end it was claimed by their antagonists that the crews were losing morale. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope Over went Lord George, and she followed him almost without losing the stride of her horse. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft At once starting in pursuit, he saw the figure dart hurriedly toward the main entrance, gaining the street and losing himself among the shadows before approach or capture was possible. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

That morning he had allowed himself, while she was waiting on him, to be caught looking at her and then, losing his self-control, had given her that kiss on the hand. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Henry James And what IS beastly, at all events,” he added, “is losing you. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Sinclair Lewis Kind people, industrious people, generous to their aged, eager to find any desperate cure for the sickness of worry over losing the job. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Hope With a swift movement he caught the fellow by the nape of the neck and flung him violently forward into the roadway, where, losing his footing, he fell sprawling face downwards in the mud. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

As it were, I seem to be losing it anew, every hour of every day. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

George Gissing He confessed his levity; he had not considered the risk he ran of losing her respect; all he had done was in pique at her treatment of him. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope I dare say I shall marry some day, because men do; but I’ve no idea of losing myself about a woman. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith In the meantime his party is forcible enough to assure him he is not fighting a losing game at present: and he is, no doubt, by lineage and his traditions monarchical. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Jules Verne There’s no fear of losing our way. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

George Gissing She’s losing her good looks. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

But that thin story about stealing the car! And losing his coat — the all-important coat!” “Curiously enough, I don’t think the stealing episode is as incredible as it sounds. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

I left my pistol with Almah, telling her to fire it if she heard me fire, for I was afraid of losing my way, and therefore took this precaution. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

The losing of our man is the worst feature. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Rudyard Kipling He had done very well in a losing game, and he had come out of it, looking exactly like a man after the last half of a really hectic footer game. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Rudyard Kipling He had no intention of losing any advantage of the ground, and coiled and uncoiled himself once or twice, to be sure that every foot of his long body was in working order. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Henry James If you are afraid of losing your freedom, I can assure you that this freedom here, this life you now lead, is a dreary bondage to what I will offer you. The American by Henry James [1877]

Benjamin Disraeli The two foremost of his enemies fell, but the impulse of the numbers prevailed, and each instant, although dealing destruction with every blow, he felt himself losing ground. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Andrew Lang This had happened so often that her subjects lived in terror of losing her altogether, and tried everything they could think of to keep her to the ground. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim But as regards the murder,” Charles concluded, his voice losing a little of its self-assured ring—“that is a different thing. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

While hopeless of safety for herself, she ceased to lament for her dying child, but shed kindly, bitter tears for the grief I should experience in losing her. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

She therefore returned, at the risk even of losing her life in the way, to that train of ideas which her relentless friend had forced her to pursue. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Wolfe All of them turned to look at him and saw that he was taking no chances of losing his little wire dolls or his street clothes in any fire. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Samuel Johnson They are now losing their distinction, and hastening to mingle with the general community. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Willa Cather Yet every individual in that household (even the children) is clinging passionately to his individual soul, is in terror of losing it in the general family flavour. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

John Bunyan Christian afraid of losing his way Chr. But said Christian, Is there no turnings nor windings, by which a Stranger may lose the way? Good-will. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Where was the collision?” But the man with the lantern only muttered something indistinctly, and Eli, losing patience, caught him roughly by the arm. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

D. H. Lawrence Though that bald, tough Caesar had drawn his iron from the fire without losing much of its temper. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith By this time my Sunday visits to Julia had been interdicted: I was plunged, as it were, in the pit of the school, and my dreams of my father were losing distinctness. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The viceroy ordered it to be done, on the penalty of losing his place. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

G. K. Chesterton And it is truly a great glory to Stevenson that he, almost alone among men, could go on pursuing his bodily health without once losing his mental health. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

D. H. Lawrence You NEEDN’T be with me if you don’t want to — if you’re frightened of losing your monopoly over your precious husband. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

It was either losing my queen or mate in two,” and, with his old gnarled hands hovering shakily over the board, he demonstrated what he meant. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

G. K. Chesterton There is no sort of doubt that the young lady in Arms and the Man is improved by losing her ideals. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

He swore also without, however, losing any of the dignity of expression inherent in his type of features and in the very modelling of his flesh. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

D.H. Lawrence For a moment it was so bad that he was afraid of losing consciousness. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

I suppose I am losing my sense of humour. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Wilkie Collins Don’t you think, Mr. Lefrank, a man must be a little mad who shows his grief at losing his wife by vowing that he will never shave himself again? Well, that’s what they do say John Jago vowed. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Edith Wharton Each partner to the contract would be on his mettle, forced to live up to the highest standard of self-development, on pain of losing the other’s respect and affection. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

They hit against everything, groped about for everything, and flung it away, calm and composed, losing neither faith nor hope. Mother by Maksim Gorky

The first man on whom his eyes fell, was his father, who was risking and losing rouleaus and notes in abundance. Lodore by Mary Shelley

I wish, John, you would try and look a little more moved at the prospect of losing us. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Tod, as usual, had been losing frightfully: I could see that. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

John Lewis Burckhard I offered to ride to Suez, provided the officer would lend me his horse; but he appeared to be more afraid of losing the horse, than of dying from thirst. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

John Morley Vice itself, in Burke’s famous words, seemed to lose half its evil by losing all its grossness. Burke by John Morley [1879]

It was the fear of losing him that kept me silent, for it was borne upon me suddenly and with unaccountable force that should I let him slip away into the darkness I would never forgive myself. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

George Gissing You’ll be losing your place before long, and you’ll go down. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Yes, there was a reason for my losing consciousness. Serapion by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells Only once in the room did I hear the slightest allusion to his experience in his presence, and that was by a cross-grained farm hand who was losing to him. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

The false swain must rejoice at losing sight of the memento of his sin, and Margaret would certainly pray with a freer heart, when she no longer shrunk from his gaze and that of his wife. Lodore by Mary Shelley

How long a time elapsed between the cord’s touching my neck and my losing consciousness I could not say, but brief as was the interval, I can recollect seeing my companion half raise himself. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Sinclair Lewis Jasper had meddled with the mystery of personality, and was in peril of losing all consistent purpose, of becoming a Wandering Jew of the spirit, a strangled body walking. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy He found himself now in the embarrassing position of one who must pay a compliment or run the risk of losing a good thing. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang But the waiting-maid had observed it with delight, as she knew it gave her power over the bride, for in losing the drops of blood the Princess had become weak and powerless. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith The thought of losing her drove him into fits of rage. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Theodore Dreiser You’re in danger of losing your head and your nerve and making a serious mistake here, and I don’t want to see you make it. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

It was through the pain of losing her that the knowledge had come. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

She consented and so did Le Beau, although he was rather rueful at the thought of losing his mainstay. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

I take it that this troubles the child: she is losing hope. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Thomas Hardy He looked her oddly in the face, losing his awe. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arnold Bennett He took no notice whatever of Edwin. “I see you aren’t losing any time,” said Edwin, who felt as though he were engaging in small-talk with a stranger. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jack London In the hands of its management it is losing momentum every day. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

No, no, monsieur; the real truth is known, and, in addition to the inconvenience of his wound, M. de Guiche runs the risk of losing his liberty if not his life. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

After losing his post on the Board of Trade he still hoped for Government employ, “either a secure seat at the Board of Customs or Excise,” or in a diplomatic capacity. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

George Meredith And I believe they’re losing their grin! They’re nasty when their blood’s up. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

The thought of losing that beautiful bit of loot worries me even now. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

G. K. Chesterton Yo’s losing yo dignity before yo time. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Marie Corelli And in this particular phase of speculation and exchange, Paris has long been playing a losing game. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Essex at first fought stoutly, but, losing his temper and self-command, he gave an advantage to his opponent which soon decided the struggle. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing I suppose I shall be losing you presently. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Henry James With the prospect of losing them the simple use of his faculties became an exquisite pleasure; it seemed to him the joys of contemplation had never been sounded. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Goriot’s daughters, losing in their grand surroundings the little filial affection they ever had, exploit the old man’s worship of them shamelessly. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Radclyffe Hall How ridiculous and childish she was! Fancy a woman of twenty-three wanting to cry over losing the game! They walked on in silence, Joan trying not to limp too obviously, but Elizabeth was observant. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Marjorie Bowen Beau Sekforde controlled his wrath against the terrible woman who had deceived him into losing his last chance of retrieving ruin. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

I seem to be losing my grip of things . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Andrew Lang It was really terrible! It was so afraid of losing any of its ornaments, and it was quite bewildered by all the radiance. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

His horse bounded to one side, losing its footing, and fell, entangling Raoul’s leg under its body. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

He caught his breath in his dismay, but, not for one moment losing his presence of mind, thrust the packet into his pocket and softly but swiftly pushed to the drawers of the bureau. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Happily there was no fear of losing the way, for the Rooirand stood very clear in front, and slowly, as I advanced, I began to make out the details of the cliffs. Prester John by John Buchan

G. K. Chesterton At the risk of losing all, the Marquis, interrupting his quiet stare, flashed one glance over his shoulder at the line of railway on his right. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

D. H. Lawrence She was haughty and angry, as if she were afraid of losing something. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing A danger of losing her in the material sense would have taught him that better than he as yet knew it; the fear of losing her respect was not attributable solely to his restless egoism. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James Madame Merle’s self-possession tended on the contrary to diminish, and she was nearer losing it than on any occasion on which we have had the pleasure of meeting her. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

John Galsworthy No! What was making them buy it was that fundamental interest which attached to the question how far a person might go to save his life without losing what was called his soul. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

We have too much at stake to run any risks of losing your assistance. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Gissing Do you notice how people—our kind of people, I mean—are losing their taste for it in England? It’s partly, I suppose, because of the excursion train. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The treasure which the Spaniards had acquired afforded a tempting prize, and their own alarm was increased by the apprehension of losing it. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Robert Louis Stevenson What should this portend? I begin to doubt; I am losing faith in scepticism. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson It was like Lucia to settle everything in exactly the way that suited her best, and then expect her poor pawns to be stricken at the thought of losing their queen. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

George Borrow I confess I was inclined at first to accept his offer, but at length declined it, as I did not wish to expose a poor man to the risk of losing money, goods, and perhaps liberty and life. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Edith Wharton His waking thought was that he must see her again; and as consciousness affirmed itself he felt an intense fear of losing the sense of her nearness. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Miss Bagshot was there, talking of her attachment to her sweet young friend, and her regret at losing her. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Jack London Even a man~animal, a god, White Fang ignored, such was the terror he was in of losing his mother. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

William Makepeace Thackeray She said it was my losing the umberella. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

The goatherd was pinioned and brought to trial, for the double offence of losing the goats and rough-handling his chief. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

D.H. Lawrence Feeling him abstract, withdrawn from her, Helena experienced the dread of losing him. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Never a thing was there, apparently, that the Squire could reasonably have grumbled at, except the risk of losing money at cards, and the sense of intoxicating pleasure. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

She was of a nature to look up again from any evil that might befall her, short of losing her head off her shoulders. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle If bismuth were, under certain conditions, to be subjected to the action of electricity, it would begin by losing weight, and would finally be transformed into mercury. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Wilkie Collins Monsieur Hérault took his precautions without losing a moment. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

The boys were losing the signs of their damages; nothing being very conspicuous now but Dan’s nose. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

Moreover, I did not like the idea of remaining still whilst the three men went forwards, as it would be losing time. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Am I losing my nerve and beginning to see things?” He had sat down, half-undressed, on the side of the bed, and in a sudden outbreak of rage he picked up the Stone again. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

H. G. Wells The tradition of the Law was clearly losing its force. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Thomas Hardy Perhaps to a woman it is almost as dreadful to think of losing her beauty as of losing her reputation. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]