without a leg to stand on
With no chance of success, as in He tried to get the town to change the street lights, but because there was no money in the budget he found himself without a leg to stand on. A related idiom is not have a leg to stand on, as in Once the detective exposed his false alibi, he didn't have a leg to stand on. This metaphoric idiom transfers lack of physical support to arguments or theories. [Late 1500s]
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Without it, they say, the disease would surely kill her within two years.
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He held it, but it was without pressure; without recognizance of the delight with which he once grasped it.
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Sol laughed out of his whiskers, with a big, loose-rolling sound, and sat on the porch without waiting to be asked.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
She had listened—she had listened intently, looking straight out of the window and without moving.Confidence|Henry James
Without preface, he abruptly asked, what had been told him of the Duke of Wharton's behaviour the preceding night.