(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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SIU's team couldn't win for losing in match-ups against Tennessee Tech, as the Salukis lost 4-0, 11-4 and 18-5 at TTU's place.
Nearly a decade ago, ABC Studios couldn't win for losing. The Walt Disney Co.'s primetime production unit, then known as Touchstone Television, came up with"CSI," but dropped out of the production in 2000 when sister network ABC passed and CBS picked it up.