Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(lost/caught) (up) in the moment

lost in the momentcaught in the momentcaught up in the moment
Meaning(s)
1) be so involved in what is happening that you forget about everything else
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    • I was lost in the moment, We got caught up in the moment
  • Analysis
    When you get 'caught up' or 'lost in the moment', you focus on what is happening at the present time and ignore everything else. 'Getting caught up in the moment' is something you might do due to excitement or in a situation involving strong emotions, causing you to become sidetracked or make irrational decisions: "I got caught up in the moment at the party and embarrassed my co-worker." "I got caught up in the moment when I won and I kissed my trainer." If you are 'lost in the moment', it may mean you have been distracted from something else of importance: "I was so lost in the moment looking at those old photographs that I forgot about making dinner."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Jenny lost herself in the moment when the band played her favourite song.
    2. The man couldn't help losing himself in the moment when he reached the top of the mountain and saw the spectacular views.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. When a few of my classmates decided at the last minute to ditch the exam and go to the park, I got caught up in the moment and agreed to go with them. I wish I had taken the time to think about future consequences!
    2. When my favourite song came on the radio, I got caught up in the moment and started singing along to it. I didn't care who heard me!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. When the bidding for the contract began, I got so caught up in the moment that I decided to undercut all my rivals by offering a very low estimate. Now I've landed myself right in it because there's no way I can complete the project without making a significant loss.
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