fight a losing battle

Definition of fight a losing battle

:to try to do something that one will not be able to do
  • I've been trying to organize this mess, but I think I'm fighting a losing battle.

Word by Word Definitions

fight play
  1. : to contend in battle or physical combat

  2. : to engage in boxing

  3. : to put forth a determined effort

  1. : a hostile encounter : battle, combat

  2. : a boxing match

  3. : a verbal disagreement : argument

losing play
  1. : resulting in or likely to result in defeat

  2. : marked by many losses or more losses than wins

battle play
  1. : battalion

  2. : a combat between two persons

  3. : a general encounter between armies, ships of war, or aircraft

  1. : to engage in combat between individuals or armed forces : to engage in battle : fight

  2. : to contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources : struggle

  3. : to fight or struggle against

  1. : to fortify with battlements


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