play a losing game

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play a losing game

To try persistently and with great effort to do or achieve something that is ultimately doomed to fail. You're playing a losing game if you think you can convince Sarah to go to college. It looks like I'm playing a losing game trying to get a raise from my boss.
See also: game, losing, play
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play a losing game

see under losing battle.
See also: game, losing, play
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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