: presenting two options both of which put one at a disadvantage
a lose-lose proposition

Examples of lose-lose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pledging to bring gas prices down by any means necessary is a lose-lose prospect for both the planet and the Biden administration. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2023 But this conclusion may seem like a lose-lose for those looking to stay active. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 27 June 2023 But a quarter-century is bound to bring changes—including physical ones, understandably—and Davis admits she’s been fighting a lose-lose battle over her use of facial fillers and other aesthetic treatments. Kayla Blanton, SELF, 12 June 2023 For him, running for president was a lose-lose proposition. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2023 Companies that are used to trying to appeal to the widest possible consumer base now apparently face a lose-lose situation: continue to pursue LGBTQ consumers and face backlash from bigots, or submit to those complaints and face backlash for the volte-face. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 1 June 2023 This is a lose-lose: The care organization is wasting their most valuable asset — a provider’s time — while patients are waiting weeks for a visit as precious appointments go to waste. Oliver Kharraz, STAT, 2 May 2023 This puts women in a lose-lose position in sexist situations. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lose-lose was in 1965

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“Lose-lose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose-lose. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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