(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 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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The bottom line is that women can't win for losing in patriarchy Its texts, and especially the reading and rein-scribing of them in such a context, are very dangerous and damaging.
Sometimes you just can't win for losing (a phrase my mother was fond of).
(That may fall into the category of you can't win for losing.)
Gravette can't win for losing. Somehow with the right beer-to-weed combo he can skate the demos like he's on top of his game.
And worse, for the poor employee responsible for the move, it's a clear case of you can't win for losing. If the project is executed seamlessly, maybe you get a few kudos.
Like the Trotskyists who welcomed the Permanent Revolution, they can't win for losing (and some of them are not like Trotskyists, they are the Trotskyists of the '60s, a few decades later).
This all adds up to a lose-lose situation for consumers and a "can't win for losing" burden on insurers.
Sometimes a guy can't win for losing. After Beethoven took the musical world by storm in the early nineteenth century, the works of fellow European composers were faulted either for copying the great man's style too closely or for not being similar enough to his charms.
It seems that President Bush can't win for losing these days.
Our troops can't win for losing - and losing their lives, at that.