I was listening to a radio program and there was an interview going on over the phone between the anchor and the listener. But I heard the disturbing sound from the phone call and the anchor said,

" Well it looks like your signal is being dropped out there "

Something like this... ( It's should be wrong ! I just combined the words in my shredded memories )

And the phone call was recovering again, it seemed, but after a few seconds, the anchor decided to hang up the phone because the voice of the listener was no longer heard. And the anchor said this kind of expression.

"I think I'm losing on your line. Unfortunately I have to hang up the phone, but I still want to hear your story, please give us text...."

Something like this...

I remember these expressions because I thought it was nice ones, which I haven't thought of before. But I couldn't note them. How stupid I was !! I googled those expressions and I realized that this kind of expression is very popular.

"Wifi keeps dropping on my laptop"

But none was found by searching "signal is being dropped out" or "lose on someone's line."

Please, somebody recover my memory and give an exact expression. Similar expressions would be greatly appreciated as well !!

FYI, the radio was ABC news Brisbane, Austrailia.

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    I think it's unlikely that anyone's going to be able to tell you exactly what was said on that radio show. But, it's common to talk about a signal or connection "dropping", to signify that the connection is temporarily lost. – Max Williams Feb 13 '18 at 14:04

If the listener's voice was getting worse then the anchor could have said "I think you are losing your phone's signal" or "your signal seems to be quite poor so your audio is choppy". There is no historical expression as such about this scenario since mobile phones haven’t been around for long. Essentially the anchor would like to convey to the listener that his voice is not coming across quite clear and this might be due to the fact that his phone is in a location of poor mobile network coverage. This only applies to mobile phones since a landline cannot 'lose its signal' (it is wired). "I think I'm losing on your line." → Incorrect on so many levels and can be reworded as "i think i am losing you" "Wifi keeps dropping on my laptop" → Technically incorrect and can be rephrased as "I (or my laptop) keeps on losing the wifi signal"


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