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hopeless at

(doing something) incapable of doing something. Tom is hopeless at cooking. Sally is hopeless at keeping her room clean, and it shows.
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At the Instant, I was only conscious that what would have been a pleasure once was now a hopeless toil.
For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bond- age.
When first sounded on the subject, he was so miserable, that they were almost hopeless.
In that, he could not be defended; but if he had injured her, how much more had he injured himself; if her case were pitiable, his was hopeless.
May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agonised as in that hour left my lips; for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love.
It feels soft and friendly," she said, nestling to it with a hopeless tenderness horrible to see.
Two friends of my youth, with whom it would be hopeless to attempt competition, have described the star-strewn journey to the moon.
And now, my lord, that I see how hopeless the position of the king is, tell me with what you are charged on the part of my royal husband.
The remaining warriors armed themselves for obstinate defence; but showed by their gloomy looks and sullen silence that they considered defence hopeless.
No doubt the secret of many a ship's excellence does lie with the man on board, but it was hopeless for Captain S- to try to make his new iron clipper equal the feats which made the old Tweed a name of praise upon the lips of English-speaking seamen.
tho' that long dream were of hopeless sorrow,'Twere better than the dull reality Of waking life to him whose heart shall be, And hath been ever, on the chilly earth, A chaos of deep passion from his birth !
As the inimical plant could only be present in very microscopic dimensions to have escaped ordinary observation, to find it seemed rather a hopeless attempt in the stretch of rich grass before them.
At one while my journey looked hopeful, and at another hopeless.
He seemed to realise in a fashion the hopeless bitterness of the old man's struggle, and how hard life was for him when to himself it was so pleasant.
As the little expedition of sailors toiled through the dense jungle searching for signs of Jane Porter, the futility of their venture became more and more apparent, but the grief of the old man and the hopeless eyes of the young Englishman prevented the kind hearted D'Arnot from turning back.