mug's game

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mug's game ‎(plural mugs' games)

  1. (idiomatic) A foolish, profitless, or hopeless undertaking.
    • 1988 May 20, Strobe Talbot, "Inside Moves," Time:
      The sheer destructiveness of nuclear weapons makes the quest for defenses a mug's game.

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