fight a losing battle

fight a losing battle

To try 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
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fight a ˌlosing ˈbattle

try without success to achieve or prevent something: I’m fighting a losing battle with my weight. I can’t lose any.The police are fighting a losing battle against car theft.
See also: battle, fight, losing
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losing battle, (to fight) a

A hopeless undertaking that is nevertheless continued. See lost cause.
See also: losing
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