English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - L
|look a sight||If a person
looks a sight, their appearance is
awful, unsuitable or very untidy.
She looks a sight in that dress!
|(by the) look of things||This
expression is used to express an opinion
based on what you actually see.
I glanced into the kitchen and by the look of things dinner will be late!
|look out for n°1||If you take care of
yourself first, and look after your own
interests rather than those of other people,
you look out for number one.
Andy's father told him that looking out for number one should be his first priority.
|loose cannon||Someone who is
referred to as a loose cannon
cannot be completely trusted because of
unpredictable and irresponsible behaviour
which can cause trouble.
Keep an eye on Jamie. He tends to turn into a loose cannon when he has a few drinks.
|loose end||A person who is
at a loose end has some spare time, and
feels quite bored by having nothing in
particular to do.
When the meeting was cancelled at the last minute, Julie unexpectedly found herself at a loose end.
|lose one's marbles||If someone
loses their marbles, they become
mentally confused, or no longer behave
sensibly or rationally.
The old man is acting very strangely. He seems to have lost his marbles.
|lose the plot||If a situation
becomes so confusing that you are unable to
understand what is happening or what you are
supposed to do, you lose the plot.
His instructions were so long and confusing that I just lost the plot!
|lose your shirt||If you lose
your shirt, you lose all your money or
possessions, especially as a result of
speculation or gambling.
He lost his shirt when the bank want bankrupt.
|(not) lose sleep||When something
happens that in your opinion is not a cause
for worry, you can say that you will not
lose (any) sleep over it.
I've mislaid the book but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
|lose the thread||If you lose the
thread of a conversation or story, you
are unable to follow it.
There were so many interruptions during the film that I completely lost the thread.
|lose your touch||If you lose
your touch, you no longer have the
ability to do something skillfully.
My mother used to make great cup cakes but she seems to have lost her touch.
|lose track of time||When you give all
your attention to something and become so
engrossed in it that you don't realize what
time it is, you lose track of time.
Whenever I start surfing on the web, I lose track of time.
|lose train of thought||If you forget what
you were saying, for example after a
disturbance or interruption, you lose
your train of thought.
Now where was I? I'm afraid I've lost my train of thought.
|at a loss||If a person is
at a loss, they don't know what to say
or do in a particular situation.
Teachers are at a loss to know how to deal with the increasing violence in schools.
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