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To lose one's touch] to lose one 's skill or abilities: -+ Looking at this gorgeous bookcase, I'd say that the carpenter has certainly not lost his touch. 9. [to lose one's way] to become lost; to go wrong: -+ I know the way to their house so well that it would be impossible for me to lose my way. 10. [to lose track of someone or something] to lose all contact with; to fail to maintain current information about: -+After the family moved to Europe, we lost track of them. 11. [a lost cause] something which has no chance of succeeding: -+ Exercise is a lost cause for me.

5. [to look down one's nose at] to think of as worthless: -+ She looked down her nose at the cheap car. 6. [to look for a needle in a haystack] to search for a small object in a large area: -+ Trying to find that report on this unorgani zed desk is like looking for a needle in a haystack. 7. [to look forward to something] to anticipate with pleasure: -+ She is really looking forward to her retirement. 8. [to look into one's crystal ball] to make a guess: -+I wish I could look into my crystal ball and see who will win the championship next month.

In the know] wellinformed: -+ The colonel is the only person in the know around here. 4. [know-how] knowledge or ability to do something: -+ Oscar has the know-how to be a good team leader. 5. [a know-it-all] someone who acts as if he or she knows everything: -+ Tim is such a know-it-all that no one in the class likes him. 6. [to know better] to be too smart or experienced to have done something wrong or stupid: -+ Why did you speed through a school zone? You know better than that. 7. [to know one's own mind] to know what -+ difficult for you recently, but keep your chin up.

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