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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.

 

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

 

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