(one) can't win for losing

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(one) can't win for losing

One is unable to find or create any success; one has been constantly and/or thoroughly defeated, bested, belittled, etc., in recent times. So Mary divorced John after their company went under, and then his mother died a week later? Man, that guy can't win for losing lately. That's the third manuscript to be rejected by the publishers; I guess I just can't win for losing.
See also: losing, win
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity disappeared along with his name on an Austrian soccer stadium, the Governator couldn't win for losing and he lost a lot (except for the $8 million he received from writing for muscle magazines).
During the height of the energy crisis this spring, the Department of Water and Power couldn't win for losing.