a zero-sum game

a zero-sum game

a situation where two people compete and if one of them wins anything, exactly the same must be lost by the other Radio has become a zero-sum game, with stations gaining listeners only at each other's expense.
See also: game
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IN SIMPLE TERMS, a zero-sum game is one in which the victories of one competitor are exactly matched by the losses of another.
In a zero-sum game, one person's gain is another person's loss.
As economic historian John Nye has pointed out, even if competition for relative position is a zero-sum game, the increase in total wealth created by the productive investments of the wealthy benefits the poor.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California, said politics lately has become a zero-sum game.
In their opinion, while it is possible to build the reputation of multiple institutions in the same marketplace, prestige is a zero-sum game.
The shared P&L illustrates that it's a zero-sum game, so effective collaboration among different parts of the management team is vital.
When power is exercised as a zero-sum game, those in authority build their power by taking it from those who have less possibility to resist.
The misconception of international trade as a zero-sum game is already hard to overcome, but to give rich countries another excuse to drag their feet in fulfilling their commitments under the Uruguay Round agreement holds up further progress.
In a zero-sum game, one contestant can only succeed on the basis of another's failure.
The economy becomes a zero-sum game in which no one gains unless it comes at the expense of another.
Is the struggle between security and privacy a zero-sum game, or are they two sides of the same coin?
Making protectionism even worse is that the policy-induced transfer of wealth from American consumers to American producers is not a zero-sum game, where producer gains equal consumer losses.
But he charges them, falsely, with assuming that "we are faced with a zero-sum game.
He charges that "conventional economists [regard] the struggle for prosperity as a zero-sum game," that "traditional economics has always treated technology as a constant," and that while "an Alchemist creates wealth, an economist merely moves it around.