lost cause

Definition of lost cause

:a person or thing that is certain to fail
  • She decided her acting career was a lost cause.
  • I'm a lost cause when it comes to anything technical.
  • Finishing the project on time seemed like a lost cause.

Word by Word Definitions

lost play
  1. : not made use of, won, or claimed

  2. : no longer possessed

  3. : no longer known

cause play
  1. : a reason for an action or condition : motive

  2. : something that brings about an effect or a result

  3. : a person or thing that is the occasion of an action or state

  1. : to serve as a cause or occasion of

  2. : to compel by command, authority, or force


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