Origin of lost cause
Examples from the Web for 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
British Dictionary definitions for lost cause
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.