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(MIT) 1. To fail. A program loses when it encounters an exceptional condition or fails to work in the expected manner.

2. To be exceptionally unesthetic or crocky.

3. Of people, to be obnoxious or unusually stupid (as opposed to ignorant).

4. Refers to something that is losing, especially in the phrases "That's a lose!" and "What a lose!"
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Not only did the employees lose face through this behavior, Bill himself lost face in the eyes of his employees.
Elroy Otway, 27, felt he had lost face after Mark Daniels, 25, stood up to him in a spat at a McDonald's drive-through in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester.
ENGLAND not only lost their backers a tidy sum in defeat to New Zealand in the fourth oneday international at The Oval yesterday but lost face, too in a thrilling and controversial contest.