los·​ing | \ ˈlü-ziŋ \

Definition of losing

1 : resulting in or likely to result in defeat a losing battle a losing poker hand
2 : marked by many losses or more losses than wins a losing streak a losing record

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The Justice Department was on the losing end of many of those decisions. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "DOJ’s Behind-the-Scenes Struggles With Judge in AT&T Case," 8 Aug. 2018 Green’s candidacy may appear to be a losing battle, but activists have proven to be formidable in recent elections. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Chicago Activist Rides Progressive Wave in Mayor's Race," 5 July 2018 Also in 2012, Ars spoke with anonymous Apple employees, one of whom suggested that fully protecting against leaks is practically a losing battle. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked," 13 Apr. 2018 By staging attacks in big cities, it is suggested, the militants hope to get more attention than in a losing battle in the countryside. The Economist, "A spate of attacks in the Afghan capital rattles the government," 1 Feb. 2018 The Eternal Indignities Those who wish to preserve the physical evidence of history always fight a losing battle. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "New York City Would Really Rather Not Talk About Its Slavery-Loving Past," 15 Apr. 2015 After that, it will almost certainly be appealed by the losing side. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Timeline of the Harvard Affirmative Action Lawsuit," 2 Nov. 2018 Whatever the ruling is, attorneys from the losing side are likely to appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court to make a final decision before election day. Adam Beam, The Seattle Times, "Judge to decide ‘Marsy’s Law’ ballot question in Kentucky," 9 Oct. 2018 However, the party on the losing side of unified party control of Congress and the White House is at an institutional disadvantage. Gregory Koger, Vox, "The legislative costs of campaigning without an agenda," 8 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of losing

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of losing was in 1519

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