Today’s English word of the day is an idiom: at a loss. Keep reading to learn the meaning of ‘at a loss’, hear the pronunciation, and read two examples of the vocabulary in use. With each English word of the day, I only focus on one definition. To see every meaning of the word, check out its entry in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries or in the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary.




at a loss: not knowing what to say or do


American English Pronunciation: /æt ə lɔːs/



🙂: How did your course launch go?


😑: It was a total disaster. Only five people signed up, and I’m completely at a loss in terms of what to do next.




😏: Those people deserved to die. They’re little better than animals.


😔: Do you really believe that? I’m at a loss for words.



Want more practice using the idiom ‘at a loss’? Here are some CNN articles featuring today’s word of the day!


And just for fun… If someone is at a loss for words, you can jokingly ask them, “Cat got your tongue?” Speaking of cats, here are some fascinating cat breeds! (Yes, this is a stretch, but most of the videos I could find for “at a loss” were political, so…yeah…CATS!)


Not sure how you’re going to remember this advanced English word? Here are my top 10 tips for how to remember hard vocabulary words! 👊🙂


Are you hungry for more English vocabulary? Learn 9 essential political idioms in this guest post I wrote for Purland Training.




Definition source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.

Come back tomorrow for another advanced English word of the day! My schedule is:

MONDAY: noun
WEDNESDAY: adjective
THURSDAY: slang, idiom, or phrasal verb
FRIDAY: academic, literary, or otherwise “big” vocabulary


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