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be fighting a losing battle

To be trying 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

be fighting a losing battle

COMMON If you are fighting a losing battle, you are trying to achieve something, but you are very unlikely to succeed. Recent research by doctors in Los Angeles suggests that very overweight dieters may be fighting a losing battle. Theatres compete with the movies and DVDs and they're fighting a losing battle.
See also: battle, fight, losing