(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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And worse, for the poor employee responsible for the move, it's a clear case of you can't win for losing.
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan is learning that sometimes you can't win for losing.
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