- denoting a condition in which one cannot benefit, succeed, or win: a no-win situation; a no-win war.
Origin of no-win
First recorded in 1960–65
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Examples from the Web for no-win
Many of the individuals Yeshua-Katz spoke to commented on the no-win situation in which they found themselves.Should Pro-Anorexia Sites Be Criminalized?
August 30, 2014
Attacking comedian Zach Galifianakis is a no-win proposition for the GOP sugar daddies, says Paul Begala.No One Likes a Whiny Billionaire: The Koch Brothers Take on Zach Galifianakis
August 11, 2012
And on Wednesday and Thursday, the USTA had put them in a no-win situation.The U.S. Open’s Watergate
Allen St. John
September 9, 2011
- offering no possibility of a favourable outcome (esp in the phrase a no-win situation)
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Word Origin and History for no-win
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