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"lose it" - Is this an idiom?

e.g. - She lost it and threw a tantrum of her own.

I couldn't find good explanations on online dictionaries......Emotion: sad

Is this idiomatic expression(idiom?) commonly used in both BE and AE?

Many thanks in advance.
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Hi,

Is this idiomatic expression(idiom?) commonly used in both BE and AE? It's very common in AmeE. I can't speak for BrE.

"lose it" - Is this an idiom?

e.g. - She lost it and threw a tantrum of her own.



The long expression would be 'She lost her temper' or, longer, 'She lost control of her temper'. It's commonly abbreviated to 'She lost it'. It's informal speech, and used by younger more than older speakers, as these things often are.

Best wishes, Clive
Hi Clive,

Many thanks for answering my question.

"Lose it" is very common in AE, and 'it' would mean 'one's temper.'

I see, thanks again for your help, Clive!Emotion: smile

Candy
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Around here , losing one's temper commonly means to get angry. More broadly, 'losing it' means losing one's composure, a word that is somewhat synonymous with temper but, at least as far as common usage goes, composure is not particularly suggestive of anger.
Thanks DavkettEmotion: smile

'Lose it' means 'lose composure'.....!

Ah, then the expression could mean;

- become out of control, lose one's cool, lose one's temper, throw a wobbly...and so on.

(Sounds very convenient Emotion: stick out tongue)

Thanks again.
Basically, it suggests losing control over one's expressive emotions: joy, grief, fear, anger, etc.
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Dear Candy,

I have heard British people say «She lost it». They mean «she lost her temper suddenly».

Kind regards, Emotion: smile

Goldmund
In past tense, it can mean "to go crazy."

"why is she talking to that tree?"

"I don't know, she's totally lost it."
Yes, Vorpar, that's very familiar usage; my definition should have included both loss of emotional control and loss of rationality.
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