Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

lose sight of sth

lose sight of
Meaning(s)
1) be no longer able to see or focus on sth
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • can be literal or figurative
  • Analysis
    To 'lose sight of' something is to fail to concentrate on it or forget about something important because you are focusing on other (usually less important) things. "We can't lose sight of the end goal here." To 'lose sight' of something is also to be unable to see something because your view has been obstructed or something is too far away. "We tried following your car, but we lost sight of you in the fog." You can find this expression used in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The man lost sight of his dog in the dense forest and had to whistle to find her again.
    2. I got so down about all the work I had to do that I lost sight of my goal and gave up before I could achieve my dream.  
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The details are important, but we shouldn't lose sight of the big picture.
    2. We may have lost sight of what we set out to do, can we please try to stay on track?
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