no-win

no-win

[noh-win]
adjective Informal.
denoting a condition in which one cannot benefit, succeed, or win: a no-win situation; a no-win war.

Origin:
1960–65

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no-win
 
adj
offering no possibility of a favourable outcome (esp in the phrase a no-win situation)

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no-win
1962, in ref. to a situation where victory is impossible, from no + win.
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