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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Veteran party leaders insist that returning to the House floor to fight a losing battle is their best option. Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2021 Left to fight a losing battle in the Republican Party, as the recent CPAC confirmed, the withering pro-democracy faction is up against frightening odds. Time, 19 Mar. 2021

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“Fight a losing battle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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