on a hiding to nothing

Definition of on a hiding to nothing

British, informal

  1. :  on the way to failure :  certain to fail

Word by Word Definitions

hideplay hiding
  1. :  any of various old English units of land area

    :  a unit of 120 acres

  1. :  to put out of sight :  secrete

    :  to conceal for shelter or protection :  shield

    :  to keep secret

  1. :  blind

  1. :  the life or physical well-being of a person

  1. :  to give a beating to :  flog

nothingplay
  1. :  not any thing :  no thing

    :  no part

    :  one of no interest, value, or consequence

  1. :  not at all :  in no degree

  1. :  something that does not exist

    :  the absence of all magnitude or quantity

    :  zero

  1. :  of no account :  worthless


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