loser

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n loser a gambler who loses a bet
    • n loser a contestant who loses the contest
    • n loser a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cutthroat Island is the biggest movie flop in history, losing an estimated $81 million. It’s almost double the loss of the second-biggest money loser, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen ($48.1 million).
    • Loser A person who is habitually unsuccessful at some endeavor, such as employment or personal relationships.
    • Loser A plan or strategy unlikely to succeed.
    • Loser One who loses; as, the loser pays for a round of beer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eddie Arcaro, one of the greatest jockeys in horse race history, rode 250 losers before he won his first race. Ultimately, Arcaro won 4,779 races including five Derby winners, six in the Preakness, and six in the Belmont Stakes, on such famous horses as Whirlaway, Citation, and Kelso.
    • n loser One who loses, or is subjected to loss; one who fails to win, gain, or keep.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A winner makes commitment. A loser makes promises.”
  • Denis Waitley
    Denis%20Waitley
    “Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.”
  • George E. Allen
    George E. Allen
    “Knute Rockne liked bad losers. He said good losers lose too often.”
  • Mike Ditka
    Mike Ditka
    “You're never a loser until you quit trying.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “All the world loves a good loser.”
  • Paul Newman
    Paul Newman
    “Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.”

Idioms

Finders keepers, losers weepers - Whoever finds something can keep it. This is often shortened to 'finders keepers'.
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Usage

In literature:

I shall endeavour to take care that he is not a loser by that circumstance.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Belllounds was a feverish better, an exultant winner, a poor loser.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Little was it imagined that the loser would become the leader and savior of the Nation.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
Then you guys can pass the hat for the loser.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Would mankind be the loser if the earth should cease to produce gold and silver?
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
In this regard they are at continual variance with the ministers, and the Indians are the losers by it.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by E. H. Blair
At games she is a good loser, and a quiet winner.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
If the judges have money on the loser, the race is often given a dead heat, and has to be run again.
"Argentina From A British Point Of View" by Various
Well may the loser weep.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
The war-loser of to-day aims at becoming the war-winner of to-morrow.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
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In poetry:

While they have gained, we losers are,
We miss them day by day;
But thou canst every breach repair,
And wipe our tears away.
"On The Death Of A Believer" by John Newton
Little Birds are sleeping
All among the pins,
Where the loser wins:
Where, I say, he sneezes
When and how he pleases -
So the Tale begins.
"Little Birds" by Lewis Carroll
From where the wide-winged albatross
Floats white 'neath the Southern Cross,
There came the swift cruisers,
And Germans are losers;
Australians want no Kaiser boss.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
For if I should (said he)
Bestow this jewell also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts in stead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature:
So both should losers be.
"The Pulley" by George Herbert
They're the sinew, and the brawn of fighting craft;
They are everything that goes to make up men.
But in the stoke-holes of our cruisers,
They are generally the losers,
When the hero stuff is dripping from the pen.
"The Fire-Room Crew" by Burt Franklin Jenness
Take any streetful of people buying clothes and groceries,
cheering a hero or throwing confetti and blowing tin
horns . . . tell me if the lovers are losers . . . tell me if any
get more than the lovers . . . in the dust . . . in the cool
tombs.
"Cool Tombs" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

London's already getting called a loser FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR.
'Dark Horse' uses this story of an underachiever to expose society's brutality as it sorts winners and losers (B).
Contestants on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" are also learning about ways they can help the environment while losing weight this season.
How many of you have done laundry on a lonely Friday or Saturday night and felt like total losers.
Rove Biggest Super-PAC Loser, Trump Says Waste of Money .
The 'Watchtower' deal's winners and losers.
The ' Watchtower ' deal's winners and losers.
I would care a lot less if she was just casually dating, but she keeps talking marriage with these guys and then saying what a loser each of them was after they break up.
The coaches — There really could be no loser here.
3 Reasons Why Hosting the Olympics Is a Loser's Game.
Obama backs 'green' energy losers.
Everyone knew the case would last for months, and it sounded like a loser, but it interested me.
In this zany comedy, two losers (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) strap a bomb to a stranger (Jesse Eisenberg) and force him to rob a bank.
GRAHAM — A penalty kick was the difference as South Kitsap fell to the Kentridge Chargers 1-0 at Bethel High School's Art Crate Stadium in a loser-out Class 4A West Central/Southwest District tournament game on Saturday.
There are definite winners and losers within this ABC .
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In science:

If p is a aα -winner then p is a a′ α -winner; if p is a a-winner, then p is a a′ -winner; similarly for a non-loser.
NNR Revisited
Remark. 1) We could have used the “adding no reals” and clause (d) in the proof of clause (c) in order to weaken “winner” to “not loser”; also we can use α (N , N ′ , P ), see §4.
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Similarly for a′ -winner, non-a-loser, non-a′ -loser. 2) If p is a aα,β -winner, then p is a a′ α,β -winner and a non-aα,β -loser.
NNR Revisited
Then we have to replace Dα (N ) by a definition which is absolute enough, (and the non-loser versions have to be absolute enough).
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Claim. 1) If p is a reasonable parameter obeying D , a P -filter on ω [or P -ultrafilter on ω ], then for some ¯D , ¯D is an ω1 -filter-sequence [or ω1 -ultrafiltersequence] and p obeys ¯D . 2) If p is a P -point filter (or ultrafilter), then p is a non-a-loser.
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