losing battle, a

Also, a losing game. A failing effort or activity. For example, He's fighting a losing battle against putting on weight, or We think his candidacy is a losing game. These expressions, alluding to actual unsuccessful battles or games, have been used figuratively since the early 1600s. Also see lost cause.


Nearby words

  1. lose track,
  2. losel,
  3. loser,
  4. losey,
  5. losing,
  6. losing hazard,
  7. losingest,
  8. losingly,
  9. losings,
  10. loslyf

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