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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LBJ and Vietnam: In the Eye of the Storm,'' like Michael Beschloss' recent acclaimed book ``Reaching for Glory,'' soberly examines the no-win situation Johnson discovered the war to be.
Russell vented his frustration at the no-win situation coaches are encountering in this winter of discontent.
Another president might have seen this for the no-win situation it was and made either a token effort or a backroom deal.