no-win situation

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no-win situation

A problem that has no ideal solution. In this day and age, most political candidates find themselves in a no-win situation when it comes to pleasing all of their constituents. If I leave for work now, I'm going to be stuck sitting in traffic, and if I wait until the traffic clears, I'm going to be late. It's a no-win situation.
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no-win situation

a situation where there is no correct or satisfactory solution. The general was too weak to fight and too proud to surrender. It was a no-win situation. The huge dog my father gave us as a gift eats too much. If we get rid of the dog, my father will be insulted. If we keep it, we will go broke buying food for it. This is a classic no-win situation.
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no-win situation

A situation certain to end in failure or disappointment, as in If the in-laws visit them or they visit the in-laws, either way they see it as a no-win situation . [c. 1960]
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no-win situation

n. a situation in which there is no hope of success. I find myself in a no-win situation again.
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no-win situation, a

A condition in which none can benefit or succeed; an impasse. Originating in America about 1960, presumably it originally referred to such a military situation and was soon extended to other kinds of hostile encounter. A 1962 article in The Economist stated, “He recommended an agreement . . . a ‘no-win’ approach, in fact, ‘an accommodation with tyranny.’”
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Experts in Montana said this practice of housing the mentally ill in prisons has driven up costs and put the mentally ill and the officers who deal with them in no-win situations. The mentally ill are often arrested in situations that might have been prevented if more money for mental health treatment existed for potential inmates outside the criminal justice system.
Mulcahy added: "It's one of those no-win situations because we're probably favourites given our experience but we still have to beat them."
"Basket C" consists of items that are not worth fighting about (e.g., no-win situations).
It's a long-shot idea that doesn't pay off, as the producers drop Katina and Volkova into a series of no-win situations. The girls get mired in phonetic choppiness on the turgid ballads and tend to yelp on the up-tempo tracks, most of which cross the line from catchy into annoying to begin with.
In New Zealand and Australia, Anzac Day is held in remembrance of the thousands of young men who gave up their lives in their prime and in no-win situations, in the bloody battles of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli, for our future and our freedom.