use it or lose it

use it or lose it

1893 Homestead (Des Moines) 16 June USE OR LOSE (heading) It seems to be a law of nature that use is the condition of possession.

1948 Journal of American Judicature Society June (article title) The grand jury—use it or lose it.

1985 Times 18 Apr. 17 The conventional answer to this loss of facilities is that it is a problem for the local community which should be solved through ‘Use it or lose it’ campaigns and self-help solutions.

2007 New Scientist 28 Apr. 48 The pendulum swung back the other way in the 20th century, when a consumer-oriented culture lauded arousal and fulfilment: the injunction now was ‘use it or lose it’.

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  • use-it-or-lose-it — UK US adjective [before noun] INFORMAL ► used to describe something that you must use by a particular date, or you will lose the opportunity or right to have it: »Tighter use it or lose it vacation policies force many workers to take their… …   Financial and business terms

  • use — verb (used, using) –verb (t) /juz / (say yoohz) 1. to employ for some purpose; put into service; turn to account: use a knife to cut; use a new method. 2. to avail oneself of; apply to one s own purposes: use the front room for a conference. 3.… …  

  • use — I /ju:s/ n. 1) to make use of 2) to put smt. to (good) use 3) to find a use for 4) to lose; regain the use of (she lost the use of one arm) 5) to deny (the) use of (the visitors were denied use of the library) 6) constant; daily; emergency;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • lose — see what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts you cannot lose what you never had a bleating sheep loses a bite lend your money and lose your friend the sun loses nothing by shining into a puddle a tale …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • use — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Employment for a purpose Nouns 1. use, employ[ment]; exercise, application, appliance; adhibition, disposal; consumption; usufruct; recourse, resort, avail; utilization, service, wear; recycling; usage,… …   English dictionary for students

  • use — noun see keep a thing seven years and you’ll always find a use for it verb see use it or lose it …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • lose — [ luz ] (past tense and past participle lost [ lɔst ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 stop having something ▸ 2 be unable to find ▸ 3 not win ▸ 4 have less than before ▸ 5 when someone dies ▸ 6 no longer see/hear etc. ▸ 7 not have body part ▸ 8 stop having… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lose — W1S1 [lu:z] v past tense and past participle lost [lɔst US lo:st] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(stop having attitude/quality etc)¦ 2¦(not win)¦ 3¦(cannot find something)¦ 4¦(stop having something)¦ 5¦(death)¦ 6¦(money)¦ 7 have nothing to lose 8¦(time)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Lose — (l[=oo]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lost} (l[o^]st; 115) p. pr. & vb. n. {Losing} (l[=oo]z [i^]ng).] [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. le[ o]san, p. p. loren (in comp.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lose — [lo͞oz] vt. lost, losing [ME losen, lesen, merging OE losian, to lose, be lost (< los, LOSS) + leosan, to lose, akin to OHG (vir)liosan, Goth (fra)liusan < IE base * leu , to cut off, separate > Gr lyein, to dissolve; L luere, to loose,… …   English World dictionary

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