Definition of lose one's (or the) way in English:

lose one's (or the) way


  • 1Become unable to find one's way.

    ‘we took a wrong turn and lost our way’
    • ‘You cannot really lose the way since you only need stay on the top of the ridge and go up.’
    • ‘Gardaí believe he may have become disorientated in the dark and lost his way before straying into a field and falling into a slurry pit.’
    • ‘Being unable to read sometimes slowed me down when I lost my way on the road and kept me from being all I could be, but it no longer saddened me.’
    • ‘Lost in thought, Leon didn't realize that he had lost his way, his horse having wandered away from the group.’
    • ‘Thomas ran and ran, and was able to escape from the big dog; but, by that time he had lost his way.’
    • ‘When he tried he would lose his way and not only couldn't he find the water, he couldn't find his way back to the barn.’
    • ‘Pushing through the trees and undergrowth was definitely not fun, and there were several panicky parts where I was sure that we had lost our way, but now, finally, we were clear of that.’
    • ‘I wasn't the only one who lost the way either so just be sure to keep your wits about you.’
    • ‘The fog causes Alec to lose his way, and the moonlight comes out when he returns to Tess sleeping.’
    • ‘On the way to Aisha, a true indigenous Berber woman, we managed to lose the way many times.’
    1. 1.1 No longer have a clear idea of one's purpose or motivation in an activity.
      ‘the company has lost its way and should pull out of general insurance’
      • ‘It is this consent and the belief in that promise which is wavering as fighting spreads - and along with it the idea that they are losing their way and have no clear idea how to reassert themselves.’
      • ‘But to me, it says a lot more about how newspaper editors - and not readers - have lost their way.’
      • ‘France, eventually unable to withstand the English pressure once the home side had started to put their game together, lost their way in the final quarter.’
      • ‘Acres of land had been left wasting, livestock and citrus farming had lost their way and the workers had been retrained in professional and academic disciplines, he said.’
      • ‘His lectures were extremely clear and well-organized; he never lost his way in complicated arguments.’
      • ‘‘It is clear that the Government have lost their way on law and order,’ he writes.’
      • ‘As the years have gone by, I have come to believe that when we lose that spark of innocence, we begin to wander like sheep and inevitably lose our way.’
      • ‘They began as Keynesian demand management adherents but lost their way during the economic crisis of the 1970's to finish up mild monetarists.’
      • ‘The difficult thing is doing what I do, getting hold of players who have lost their way and making them into good ones.’
      • ‘I was making the point that we had really lost our way and lost the support of a lot of folks.’