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losing battle, a

Also, a losing game . A failing effort or activity. For example, He's fighting a losing battle against putting on weight , or We think his candidacy is a losing game . These expressions, alluding to actual unsuccessful battles or games, have been used figuratively since the early 1600s. Also see lost cause
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