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Remove my first, and you have mixed oil

Remove my second, and you'll be close to finding the prime

Remove my third, and you'll speak of yourself

Remove my fourth, and there's nothing left


Remove my fourth, and you will laugh

Remove my third, and you will see

Remove my second, and you lose

Remove my first, and there's nothing left


What am I?

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You are:

LOLI - a word referring to a young-looking girl character in Japanese anime and manga.

Remove my first, and you have mixed oil
Remove my second, and you'll be close to finding the prime
Remove my third, and you'll speak of yourself
Remove my fourth, and there's nothing left

Remove the first letter (L) and you are left with OLI, an anagram of 'OIL'.

Next, remove the second (O) and you are left with LI, the logarithmic integral function - a good approximation for the prime-counting function in mathematics.

Next, remove the third (L) and you are left with I ('myself').

Remove the fourth (I) and nothing remains...

Remove my fourth, and you will laugh
Remove my third, and you will see
Remove my second, and you lose
Remove my first, and there's nothing left

Instead, start with LOLI and remove the fourth (I) - you are left with LOL ('laughing out loud').

Next, remove the third (L) and you are left with LO, meaning 'Look!' or 'Behold!'

Next, remove the second (O) and you are left with L, an abbreviation for 'lose' or 'loss' in sports.

Finally, remove the first (L) and again you are left with nothing!

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