- a cause that has been defeated or whose defeat is inevitable.
Origin of lost cause
Examples from the Web for lost cause
Historical Examples of lost cause
The feeling among those who represented the lost-cause, was intensely bitter and no Union soldier was safe anywhere in the South.The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry
Samuel H. Fletcher
- a cause with no chance of success
Idioms and Phrases with lost cause
A hopeless undertaking, as in Trying to get him to quit smoking is a lost cause. In the 1860s this expression was widely used to describe the Confederacy. [Mid-1800s] Also see losing battle.