fight a losing battle(redirected from they fought losing battles)
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.
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fight a ˌlosing ˈbattletry 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.
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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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