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lost cause

noun
1.
a cause that has been defeated or whose defeat is inevitable.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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British Dictionary definitions for lost causes

lost cause

noun
1.
a cause with no chance of success
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Slang definitions & phrases for lost causes

lost cause

noun phrase

A hopeless or worthless pursuit; a person or thing that can no longer hope to succeed or be changed for the better: tried to reform her, but she is a lost cause


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with lost causes

lost cause

A hopeless undertaking, as in Trying to get him to quit smoking is a lost cause. In the 1860s this expression was widely used to describe the Confederacy. [ Mid-1800s ]
Also see: losing battle
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