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a losing game

A failing or hopeless effort; a situation or activity that is ultimately futile or cannot be won. (Most often used in the phrase "play a losing game.") I'd give up trying to get your brother to agree to this deal if I were you. It looks like a losing game at this point. You're playing a losing game if you think you can convince Sarah to go to college.
See also: game, losing
References in classic literature ?
See, and judge with your own eyes," said the scout, advancing toward the eastern brow of the mountain, whither he beckoned for the whole party to follow; "if it was as easy to look into the heart of man as it is to spy out the nakedness of Montcalm's camp from this spot, hypocrites would grow scarce, and the cunning of a Mingo might prove a losing game, compared to the honesty of a Delaware.
He evidently attributed Miss Halcombe's abrupt change in the card-table arrangements to a lady's inability to play the losing game.
You are all playing the losing game, and you are all squealing about it.
A1) Rehab A2) You Know I'm No Good A3) Me & Mrs Jones A4) Just Friends A5) Back To Black A6) Love Is A Losing Game B1) Tears Dry On Their Own B2) Wake Up Alone B3) Some Unholy War B4) He Can Only Hold Her B5) Addicted
EDDI READER Dragonfly/Love Is A Losing Game The Scottish songstress could sing anything.
Lynch's big defensive plays have been missed against the champions, who have bounced back from losing Game One to go 2-1 ahead.
The singer joined the tiny genius for his after-show set and the pair duetted on her Love Is A Losing Game.
And for Allan Fine, whose Trojan T-shirt never saw a losing game, there's nothing better than a win over No.
Another fabulous track from Back To Black, Love Is A Losing Game is a sultry, sensual ballad which Amy performs with ease.
CALGARY Flames crashed out of the NHL play-offs after losing game six to the Detroit Red Wings in second overtime.
But in elimination-game mode, Washburn, who threw 79 pitches in losing Game 1 on Tuesday, was available Friday.
Be advised that it is a difficult game, and it can be a losing game,'' said Keith H.
The Giants, if they're not demoralized, will try a second time to win the World Series tonight by sending out Livan Hernandez, who had been 6-0 in the postseason until losing Game 3.
After losing Game 1 to the Twins, the Angels came back to average seven runs and 14 hits per game in sweeping the next four games.