lost cause

lost cause
noun
a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
Hypernyms: ↑campaign, ↑cause, ↑crusade, ↑drive, ↑movement, ↑effort

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noun
: a cause that has lost all prospect of success

lost cause of the Southern Confederacy

a frequent champion of lost causes

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a cause that has been defeated or whose defeat is inevitable.
[1860-65]

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lost cause noun
A hopeless ideal or endeavour
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Main Entry:lose

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lost cause UK US noun [countable] [singular lost cause plural lost causes]
someone or something that will never succeed or improve
Thesaurus: unsuccessful person or thingsynonym

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lost cause,
a cause that is defeated already or sure to be defeated: »

... the idealized heroic Lost Cause of the Confederacy (New York Times).

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n. a person or thing that can no longer hope to succeed or be changed for the better

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lost cause
: a person or thing that is certain to fail

She decided her acting career was a lost cause.

I'm a lost cause when it comes to anything technical.

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Main Entry:cause

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ˌlost ˈcause [lost cause] noun
something that has failed or that cannot succeed

The game looked a lost cause when the score reached 6–0.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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