unenviable

adjective
un·en·vi·able | \ ˌən-ˈen-vē-ə-bəl \

Definition of unenviable 

: not desirable or pleasant : not arousing envy : not enviable an unenviable position Kent Alterman, our director, had the unenviable task of herding cats. —Will Ferrell

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This news leaves the Merseyside club in the unenviable position of still having to find a new number one ahead of the new season. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Makes Bold Decision in Liverpool's Summer Search for New Goalkeeper," 23 June 2018 The prosecutor finds herself in the unenviable position of having to make a decision with potentially significant implications for all parties, including the court itself. Mark Kersten, Washington Post, "Can the International Criminal Court investigate the violence in Gaza?," 17 May 2018 My unenviable position started with the death of my lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, in 2009 at the hands of the Russian state after he had uncovered a massive Russian government corruption scheme. Bill Browder, Time, "I've Been Putin's Number One Foreign Enemy for a Decade. Here's What Trump Should Know About Handling Him," 12 July 2018 That’s especially true when seen through the eyes of Theo Rossi’s Shades, who seems to always be stuck in the unenviable position of ultra-competent lieutenant to an unreliable crime boss. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Luke Cage is the first Netflix MCU show with a strong season 2," 22 June 2018 The outside chance of a conflict with Iran at the same time would present Pentagon leaders with logistical, tactical and personnel challenges unenviable for any commander. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Could the U.S. fight dual wars in North Korea and Iran? After diplomacy breaks down, questions loom.," 25 May 2018 And leave the prickly, prissy, petulant Scot somewhere on the side of the road in an unenviable neighborhood. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Goodbye to a tournament with global appeal - Bill Livingston (photos)," 12 Apr. 2018 And Knowlton, who was already based in New York and had been with the magazine for 11 years, had the unenviable chore of having to lobby to keep his job. Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit, "A (Kind Of) Goodbye to Andrew Knowlton," 20 Mar. 2018 Like Luke Fickell, who held the fort for Ohio State football between the Jim Tressel scandal and the hiring of Urban Meyer, Padgett inherited a powerhouse program under unenviable conditions. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Facing an uncertain future, Louisville's David Padgett is as poised as ever | Tim Sullivan," 6 Mar. 2018

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