''beat out''versus ''lost out to''

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kenny4528, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. kenny4528

    kenny4528 Senior Member

    Taipei
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    Hello there,

    Do you see beat out and lost out to as synonym in following examples?

    I can't sense any difference in meaning between these two samples. Could you?
     
  2. GamblingCamel

    GamblingCamel Senior Member

    USA English CULTA + RUA
    You're right. Poor Y is definitely the loser in both cases. And personally, I thought he was so much better. :(

    Maybe there's a slight difference in the effect on a reader.
    X beat out Y suggests an active X, who vigorously threw himself into the tryouts for the role.
    Y lost out to X is a more general description of the result.

    EDIT : Are these AE expressions ?
     
  3. kenny4528

    kenny4528 Senior Member

    Taipei
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    Thank you very much for your detailed explanation, GC.
     
  4. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    "Beat out" is; "lost out to" is BrE as well.
     

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