out of the loop

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Originating around the 1970s, and thought by some to have roots in computer terminology.

AdjectiveEdit

out of the loop

  1. (idiomatic) Not informed, up-to-date, or current; not included in a process or discussion.
    • 1976 Sept. 16, "Former Nixon Aide Denies Soliciting Campaign Fund," New York Times:
      "I was out of the loop," he added, explaining that he was planning to leave government at that time.
    • 1995, Tom Clancy, Debt of Honor, ISBN 9780425147580, online edition :
      “Well, we've been out of the loop for a few hours. Anything new that you know?”
    • 2001 Aug. 27, Tony Karon, "Why Macedonians Balk at NATO's Presence," Time:
      The members of parliament have felt ignored by their leaders for much of this crisis, and were kept out of the loop during the negotiations.

AntonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Last modified on 19 December 2013, at 00:56