lost cause

noun

: 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.

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“Lost cause.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lost%20cause. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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