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loss (2 cf. ‘vp peyne of los of lyf’, Chaucer; in Tw.N. V. i. 62 “the tongue of ” =‘the report of the losers’, Wright).
1. perdition, ruin, destruction All'sW. III. ii. 44, Lr. III. vi. 104 “his life, With thine . . . Stand in assured loss,” Ant. IV. x. 42 [xii. 29]; probably also in Wint. II. iii. 191*, H8 II. ii. 31*.
2. “life's loss,” being put to death John IV. iii. 106.
3. failure to make good use of (time, &c.) Gent. I. iii. 19, Lucr. 1420 “for loss of Nestor's golden words.”
4. default, lack Meas. II. iv. 91 “in the loss of question” * (=provided there is no dispute).
5. failure of the scent Shr. Ind. i. 23 “at the merest loss” (=when the scent was quite lost).
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