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


Senior Member
Mandarin, Taiwan
Hello there,

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

X beat out Y for this leading role.
Y lost out to X for this leading role.
I can't sense any difference in meaning between these two samples. Could you?


Senior Member
USA English
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 ?