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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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Having just got a win, we don't want to get back to losing ways.
For the Beavers to enjoy it even more with a win will mean turning around some statistical trends that have contributed greatly to their losing ways.
Getting into losing ways is just as easy as getting into winning ways.
Little Rock Central finally has the offensive firepower at wide receiver and running back to make some noise in Class 7A-Central and shed its losing ways.
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Enlisting the team's captain to his side, Mandela challenged Pienaar to turn his team's losing ways around and to bring his players, as any good leader should, to exceed their present expectations.
The losing ways of the Pirates seem destined to continue, no matter who is at the helm on the baseball ops side, as long as the direction from the highest levels within the Pirates organization does not change.
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As Howland sees it, if the Bruins are to turn around their recent losing ways, it will happen with two things he talks most about.
The Senators, without Hardy, were swept in the World Series and returned almost immediately to their jocular, but predictable, losing ways.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Emeka Okafor had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead a balanced attack for Charlotte in a victory that sent Oklahoma City back to their losing ways.
After a win over Luton, City returned to losing ways as a dogged display at Sunder-land bore no fruit.