fight a losing battle

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fight a losing battle

To try persistently and with great effort to do or achieve something that is ultimately doomed to fail. You're fighting a losing battle if you think you can convince Sarah to go to college. It looks like I'm fighting a losing battle trying to get a raise from my boss.
See also: battle, fight, losing

fight a losing battle

to try hard but fail For years it seems we have been fighting a losing battle against poverty and hunger. In an old house, you're always fighting a losing battle with dust and dirt.
Usage notes: sometimes used without fight: Many teachers feel they are in a losing battle for learning and order.
See also: battle, fight, losing

fight a losing battle

to try hard to do something when there is no chance that you will succeed (usually in continuous tenses) We try our best to cope with the workload but we're fighting a losing battle.
See also: battle, fight, losing