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 Losing a Ship for a Ha’porth o’ Tar.Lost Island. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Loss.
 
To be at a loss. To be unable to decide. To be puzzled or embarrassed. As “I am at a loss for the proper word.” “Je m’y perds,” or “Je suis bien embarrassée de dire   1
 


 Losing a Ship for a Ha’porth o’ Tar.Lost Island. 

 
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