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    lose out of sight - idiom

    Hi,

    I'm looking for an idiom meaning meaning like completely forgot about it because you were distracted:

    Is "lose out of sight" correct in this case

    Can you say: "I lost the dish out of sigh in the oven, and got burned"

    Thanks

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    Re: lose out of sight - idiom

    No, that doesn't work at all.
    We do have "out of sight, out of mind" as a phrase.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: lose out of sight - idiom

    how about "lost track of it" does that fit the description of 'forgetting something you did because you were distracted' in that context?

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    Re: lose out of sight - idiom

    Yes, but if you lose track of something, you usually don't know where it is.

    I lost track of time and my roast burned to a crisp in the oven.
    I put that roast in the oven, and it was out of sight, out of mind. It ended up burning to a crisp.
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    Re: lose out of sight - idiom

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, The Shadow:



    I can think of only one expression that might (repeat: might) fit your requirements:

    Wife (returns from work): Hello, darling.

    Husband: Hello, sweetheart. How was your day?

    Wife: Hectic as usual. I hope that you have prepared something delicious for dinner.

    Husband: Well, there's been a slight problem.

    Wife: What happened?

    Husband: Well, I put the lobster in the oven, and then the phone rang. It was Tom, my old Army buddy. Well, we talked for

    about 45 minutes, and when we finished and I went back to the oven, I discovered that the lobster was uneatable. I had to

    throw the whole dish away.

    Wife: I understand, dear. But next time, do please pay more attention to your cooking.

    Husband: Don't worry, darling. Next time, I will keep an eye on the ball. I will watch the oven carefully and ignore any

    telephone calls. Please pardon me for not keeping an eye on the ball today.

    Wife: That's OK, darling. No one is perfect. Not even I!

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