lost cause

Definition of lost cause

  1. :  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

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

    :  no longer possessed

    :  no longer known

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

    :  something that brings about an effect or a result

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

  1. :  to serve as a cause or occasion of

    :  to compel by command, authority, or force

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to cast off or become cast off

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