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can't win

Definition of can't win

informal

  1. —used to say that success is not possible for someone in a particular situation <I feel like I can't win. Nothing I do seems to make any difference.> <You can't win when you're dealing with someone so unreasonable.>



Word by Word Definitions

can'tplay
  1. :  can not

  1. :  to get possession of by effort or fortune

    :  to obtain by work :  earn

    :  to gain in or as if in battle or contest

  1. :  victory

    :  first place at the finish (as of a horse race)


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