lost cause

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lost cause (plural lost causes)

  1. (idiomatic) A person or thing that is hopeless or futile.
    He has already made up his mind, and it's a lost cause to try to change it.
    • 2015, Paul Wilson, Alexis Sánchez sends Arsenal into final after gallant Reading go the distance (in The Guardian, 18 April 2015)[1]
      Artfully pulling the ball back to leave McCleary chasing a lost cause, Sánchez calmly made space for a shot and applied a finish that beat the despairing dives of both Federici and Michael Hector, the latter vainly attempting to recover position when it was too late.


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