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    What does "managed to lose support" mean?

    As common sense, if you want to lose weight, you manage/try hard to achieve the goal;but when you want to lose your support, just sit still and be laze - you don't need to manage.

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    Morsi won the presidency, but not before his Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Brotherhood, managed to lose half of its popular support in a matter of months. Millions of Egyptians soured on the Islamist group after seeing how it acted since coming out of the shadows. Its leaders knew their presence would trigger international concern and probably a harsh crackdown.

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    Re: What does "managed to lose support" mean?

    It's an expression. You can "manage" to do all sorts of negative things. He managed to lose his keys while he was jogging.

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    Re: What does "managed to lose support" mean?

    Sometimes 'manage' and 'succeed' can be used almost ironically. The subject of the verb does not actually want to achieve what was achieved, far from it.

    I was trying to kill a few weeds and managed to destroy/succeeded in destroying the whole lawn!


    This is the way 'manage' is used in your passage.

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